Thursday, March 12, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

"The poet doesn't invent. He listens."
Jean Cocteau

"Poetic language honors polarities. We use the language of poetry to provide the many levels of feeling, facets of knowing, simultaneously, so we can examine them and move forward."
Peggy Osna Heller

"Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you - like music
to the musician...or else it is nothing, an empty, formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations."
F. Scott Fitzgerald

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."
T.S. Eliot

"Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words."
Edgar Allan Poe

"There’s a sameness about American poetry that I don’t think represents the whole people. It represents a poetry of the moment, a poetry of evasion, and I have problems with this. I believe poetry has always been political, long before poets had to deal with the page and white’s natural."
Yusef Komunyakaa

"You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some with you."

"The joy of poetry is that it will wait for you. Novels don't wait for you.
Characters change. But poetry will wait."
Sonia Sanchez

"Poetry... is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what was seen during a moment."
Carl Sandburg

"Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement."
Christopher Fry

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