Top 20 Poetry Quotations


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Explore the meaning of poetry and the motivation of poets with this special collection of evocative quotations. . .

  1. "A poet is someone who is astonished by everything. " - Anonymous
  2. "Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry. " - Georges Brague
  3. "The poet doesn't invent. He listens. “ -Jean Cocteau
  4. " In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite. " - Paul Dirac
  5. " Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. " - T.

    S. Eliot

  6. "The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem. " - Ralph Waldo Emerson
  7. " There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. " - Gustave Flaubert
  8. "A poem begins with a lump in the throat. “ -Robert Frost
  9. " Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. " - Christopher Fry
  10. " There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either. " - Robert Ranke Graves
  11. " Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul. " - Henrik Ibsen
  12. " When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence.

    When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. " - John F. Kennedy

  13. "Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind. " -Thomas Babington Macaulay
  14. "The poem is the point at which our strength gave out. “ -Richard Rosen
  15. " Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know. " - Joseph Roux
  16. "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. “ -Percy Byshe Shelley
  17. "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. “ -Charles Simic
  18. "A poem is never finished, only abandoned. “ -Paul Valéry
  19. " Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls. " - Voltaire
  20. "Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge. " - William Wordsworth

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