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" The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think. "
" When I began to listen to poetry, it's when I began to listen to the stones, and I began to listen to what the clouds had to say, and I began to listen to others. And I think, most importantly for all of us, then you begin to learn to listen to the soul, the soul of yourself in here, which is also the soul of everyone else. "
" The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly. "
Frederick William Robertson
" Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness. "
" The topics just kind of come to me. If they are relevant, it's because they're happening in the world around me, and it's affecting me. Poetry is my way of dealing with it. "
" If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. "
" I think the term poet is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he's written poetry then let the verdict be that he's a poet. "
" 'Hamilton' is, of course, closely tied to the Obamas because Lin first performed the opening number at a White House poetry jam. "
" Painting (like poetry) chooses from universals what is most apposite. It brings together, in a single imaginary being, circumstances and characteristics which occur in nature in many different persons. "
" At the age when Bengali youth almost inevitably writes poetry, I was listening to European classical music. "
" Poetry always, always, always is a key piece of democracy. "
" Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented. "
" With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion. "
Edgar Allan Poe
" Poetry is how I feed the soul, and it's how I fire the furnace of writing. "
Luis Alberto Urrea
" Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic. "
" Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture. "
" I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while. "
" The moment of change is the only poem. "
" There's a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that's a bit blurred in my mind. "
" As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. "
Thomas Babington Macaulay
" In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you. "
" Look at Allen Ginsberg. In poems like 'Kaddish' and 'Howl,' you can hear a cantor between the lines. It's fully alive, and I think that's what's missing in modern poetry. It's too dry and cerebral. "
" A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. "
" I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes. "
" 'Words and Music' on Radio 3 is always a treat. Actors read passages of poetry and prose interspersed with music, and nobody tells you what it is. Later you can look it up online, but at the time you can't cheat. "
" I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem. "
" Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew. "
" It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope. "
" As we produce work that becomes pure poetry, we impact and influence our teammates, we wow our suppliers, we inspire customers and strangers. And we lead our industry. "
Robin S. Sharma
" Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation. "
" You just go where poetry is, whether it's in your heart or your mind or in books or in places where there's live poetry or recordings. "