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" You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don't realize it. "
" Dancing is the poetry of the foot. "
" Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic. "
" Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. "
T. S. Eliot
" There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory. "
" Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world. "
" I look more Indian when I'm serious. "
" The applause of his native land is the richest reward to which the patriot ever aspires. It is this for which 'he bears to live or dares to die.' It is the high incentive to those achievements which illustrate the page of history and give to poetry its brightest charm. "
" One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music. "
" It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk; get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish. "
" I've always written. There's a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother's papers were destroyed. I'd written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then. "
" Poetry, fiction as novels or short stories - these are autonomous as created by their authors. They should stand on their own, like pieces of furniture that should be judged as to their usefulness, elegance. "
F. Sionil Jose
" Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets. "
" Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry. "
" In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry. "
" One thing I do know is that poetry, to be understood, must be clear. "
" I intended an Ode, And it turned to a Sonnet. "
Henry Austin Dobson
" Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence. "
Norman O. Brown
" When poetry separates from song, then the words have to carry all the rhythm themselves; they have to do all the work. They can't rely on the singing voice. "
" My only purpose is to teach children to rebel against authority figures. "
" Poetry is one of the ancient arts, and it began as did all the fine arts, within the original wilderness of the earth. "
" As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines. "
Thomas Babington Macaulay
" You have to be careful about over-politicizing the utterances of people of colour because, oftentimes, there's poetry that seeks to go beyond that narrative. "
" But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry. "
" I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went. "
" Dylan Thomas is now as much a case history as a chapter in the history of poetry. "
" It is certain that at certain times talent entirely overcomes thought or poetry. "
John Singer Sargent
" The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism's anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot. "
" I didn't read poetry seriously until college, when I really began to devour it in a very intense way. I also discovered that a poet is a maker. Before that, I thought a poet was someone who wrote about his own experiences. "
" I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic. "
" I don't feel like a celebrity. Poetry justifies celebrity. It's good to have respect for a poet. "