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Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.

Tags: Pretty, Writing  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.

Tags: Between, Good  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.

Tags: Read, Writing  ✍ Author: Robert Adamson

As I got older, I really got into Tupac's poetry, his books and just learning about his life and what he was into.

Tags: Learning, Life  ✍ Author: Jhene Aiko

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.

Tags: History, Universal  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.

Tags: History, Nature  ✍ Author: Maya Angelou

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.

Tags: Ideas, Logical  ✍ Author: Albert Einstein

When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.

Tags: Him, Power  ✍ Author: John F. Kennedy

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.

Tags: Joy, Pain  ✍ Author: Khalil Gibran

I read poetry to save time.

Tags: Read, Time  ✍ Author: Marilyn Monroe

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.

Tags: Bad, Feeling  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.

Tags: Poet, Survive  ✍ Author: Oscar Wilde

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.

Tags: Mean, Wisdom  ✍ Author: Ronald Reagan

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.

Tags: Future, Language  ✍ Author: Gaston Bachelard

The great function of poetry is to give back to us the situations of our dreams.

Tags: Dreams, Great  ✍ Author: Gaston Bachelard

And I know I'm supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books... and books in general? Novels and poetry, they belong to the realm of art. How dirty of us to try to hawk art! But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can't quite muster the guilt anymore.

Tags: After, Art  ✍ Author: Walter Bagehot

So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.

Tags: Learned, Wanted  ✍ Author: Nicholson Baker

When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.

Tags: Often, Why  ✍ Author: Nicholson Baker

From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.

Tags: Music, Time  ✍ Author: Nicholson Baker

Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.

Tags: School, Until  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.

Tags: Between, Lonely  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.

Tags: Loss, Public  ✍ Author: Russell Baker

Love is the poetry of the senses.

Tags: Love, Senses  ✍ Author: Honore de Balzac

Poetry fettered, fetters the human race. Nations are destroyed or flourish in proportion as their poetry, painting, and music are destroyed or flourish.

Tags: Human, Music  ✍ Author: William Blake

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.

Tags: Art, Existence  ✍ Author: Edmund Burke
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Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!

Tags: Heaven, Stars  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.

Tags: Painting, Three  ✍ Author: Lord Byron

Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.

Tags: Against, Rebellion  ✍ Author: James Branch Cabell

I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.

Tags: Saying  ✍ Author: John Cage

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.

Tags: Realize, Soon  ✍ Author: John Cage

Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.

Tags: House, Work  ✍ Author: Simon Callow

As for how criticism of Keats' poetry relates to criticism of my own work, I'll leave that for others to decide.

Tags: Others, Work  ✍ Author: Jane Campion

I have to admit that I had a lot of problems with poetry.

Tags: Admit, Problems  ✍ Author: Jane Campion

And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head.

Tags: Effort, Mean  ✍ Author: Jane Campion

Why should poetry have to make sense?

Tags: Sense, Why  ✍ Author: Charlie Chaplin

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.

Tags: Metaphor, Slang  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.

Tags: Cheese, Silent  ✍ Author: Gilbert K. Chesterton

You can be intuitive when you've got a more expansive role. You can get into the poetry of telling the story rather than just pushing buttons.

Tags: Rather, Story  ✍ Author: Willem Dafoe

Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down.

Tags: Beauty, Peace  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

I believe in the power of poetry, which gives me reasons to look ahead and identify a glint of light.

Tags: Light, Power  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

I see poetry as spiritual medicine.

Tags: Medicine, Spiritual  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.

Tags: Importance, Says  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

To be under occupation, to be under siege, is not a good inspiration for poetry.

Tags: Good, Occupation  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

Against barbarity, poetry can resist only by confirming its attachment to human fragility like a blade of grass growing on a wall while armies march by.

Tags: Against, Human  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

Some people ask, 'How do you attract the young and so many different people when your poetry is complicated and different?' I say, 'My accomplishment is that my readers trust me and accept my suggestions for change.'

Tags: Change, Trust  ✍ Author: Mahmoud Darwish

I love romantic poetry.

Tags: Love, Romantic  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.

Tags: Culture, Reality  ✍ Author: Richard Dawkins

The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it.

Tags: Beauty, Fear  ✍ Author: Johnny Depp

There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.

Tags: Away, Book  ✍ Author: Emily Dickinson

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.

Tags: Book, Fire  ✍ Author: Emily Dickinson

If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.

Tags: Head, Off  ✍ Author: Emily Dickinson

It's not easy to define poetry.

Tags: Define, Easy  ✍ Author: Bob Dylan

Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will.

Tags: Grow, Year  ✍ Author: Terry Eagleton

Most poetry in the modern age has retreated to the private sphere, turning its back on the political realm.

Tags: Age, Political  ✍ Author: Terry Eagleton

I heard Nirvana, and discovered that songs could be like poetry, but a little bit more refined: you didn't have to have 20 verses to get your point across.

Tags: Point, Songs  ✍ Author: Justin Townes Earle

I've always written. When I was in school, the only teacher who ever liked me was my creative writing teacher. I used to enter poetry competitions, and I don't think I ever lost one. So I had the idea for a while of being some kind of poet.

Tags: School, Teacher  ✍ Author: Justin Townes Earle

Poetry is the hardest thing that there is. It fascinates me, so I want to write more of it.

Tags: Hardest, Write  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

Becoming interested in poetics got me interested in theater. Theater is supposed to be poetry, you know, before it's anything else. It just doesn't fly if it isn't musical.

Tags: Else, Interested  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

Gregory Corso used to get really pissed when people called Bob Dylan a 'poet.' After writing poetry for a few years, I can understand that.

Tags: Understand, Writing  ✍ Author: Steve Earle

Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country.It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.

Tags: Crisis, Power  ✍ Author: Richard Eberhart

I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up.

Tags: Punk, Started  ✍ Author: Billy Eckstine

I was a 16-year-old girl at one point, so of course I wrote poetry.

Tags: Girl, Point  ✍ Author: Elizabeth Edwards

Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.

Tags: Feelings, Time  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.

Tags: Help, Time  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.

Tags: Life, Time  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.

Tags: Business, Feelings  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.

Tags: Emotions, Means  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

Tags: Genuine, Understood  ✍ Author: T. S. Eliot

Thinking in its lower grades, is comparable to paper money, and in its higher forms it is a kind of poetry.

Tags: Money, Thinking  ✍ Author: Havelock Ellis

I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever.

Tags: Read  ✍ Author: Eminem

Poetry, especially traditional Iranian poetry, is very good at looking at things from a number of different angles simultaneously.

Tags: Good, Looking  ✍ Author: Asghar Farhadi

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

Tags: Mere, Sir  ✍ Author: King Farouk

Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.

Tags: Lack, Money  ✍ Author: Federico Fellini

In the writing of poetry we never know anything for sure. We will never know if we have 'trained' or 'practised' enough. We will never be able to say that we have reached grade eight, or that we have left the grades behind and are now embarked on an advanced training.

Tags: Enough, Writing  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Lyric poetry is, of course, musical in origin. I do know that what happened to poetry in the twentieth century was that it began to be written for the page. When it's a question of typography, why not? Poets have done beautiful things with typography - Apollinaire's 'Calligrammes,' that sort of thing.

Tags: Beautiful, Done  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Modernism in other arts brought extreme difficulty. In poetry, the characteristic difficulty imported under the name of modernism was obscurity. But obscurity could just as easily be a quality of metrical as of free verse.

Tags: Free, Quality  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral. Its transmission today is still in part oral, because we become acquainted with poetry through nursery rhymes, which we hear before we can read.

Tags: History, Today  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Some people think that English poetry begins with the Anglo-Saxons. I don't, because I can't accept that there is any continuity between the traditions of Anglo-Saxon poetry and those established in English poetry by the time of, say, Shakespeare. And anyway, Anglo-Saxon is a different language, which has to be learned.

Tags: Learned, Time  ✍ Author: James Fenton

The iambic pentameter owes its pre-eminence in English poetry to its genius for variation. Good blank verse does not sound like a series of identically measured lines. It sounds like a series of subtle variations on the same theme.

Tags: Genius, Good  ✍ Author: James Fenton

The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.'

Tags: Free, Today  ✍ Author: James Fenton

When we study Shakespeare on the page, for academic purposes, we may require all kinds of help. Generally, we read him in modern spelling and with modern punctuation, and with notes. But any poetry that is performed - from song lyric to tragic speech - must make its point, as it were, without reference back.

Tags: Help, May  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Great poetry does not have to be technically intricate.

Tags: Great, Intricate  ✍ Author: James Fenton

One problem we face comes from the lack of any agreed sense of how we should be working to train ourselves to write poetry.

Tags: Problem, Working  ✍ Author: James Fenton

Poetry carries its history within it, and it is oral in origin. Its transmission was oral.

Tags: History, Within  ✍ Author: James Fenton

A glance at the history of European poetry is enough to inform us that rhyme itself is not indispensable. Latin poetry in the classical age had no use for it, and the kind of Latin poetry that does rhyme - as for instance the medieval 'Carmina Burana' - tends to be somewhat crude stuff in comparison with the classical verse that doesn't.

Tags: Age, History  ✍ Author: James Fenton

English poetry begins whenever we decide to say the modern English language begins, and it extends as far as we decide to say that the English language extends.

Tags: Far, Language  ✍ Author: James Fenton

I like to write poetry.

Tags: Write  ✍ Author: Rebecca Ferguson

For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.

Tags: After, Seems  ✍ Author: F. Scott Fitzgerald

Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.

Tags: Geometry, Precise  ✍ Author: Gustave Flaubert

All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.

Tags: Science, True  ✍ Author: Gustave Flaubert

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.

Tags: May, True  ✍ Author: Gustave Flaubert

The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.

Tags: Seek, Touch  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.

Tags: Together, True  ✍ Author: E. M. Forster

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.

Tags: Lost  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.

Tags: Life, Taking  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.

Tags: Grief, Politics  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

Tags: Thought, Words  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.

Tags: Sense, Wrong  ✍ Author: Robert Frost

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.

Tags: Making, Music  ✍ Author: Dennis Gabor

There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives.

Tags: Light, Sun  ✍ Author: Hamlin Garland

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