Sunday, June 21, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day

"When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. 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."
President John Fitzgerald Kennedy

"You don't go after poetry, you take what comes. Maybe the gods do it through me, but I certainly do a hell of a lot of the work."
Phyllis Gotlieb

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

"Science sees signs; Poetry the thing signified."
Augustus Hare

"The future of poetry is immense, because in poetry, where it is worthy of its high destinies, our race, as time goes on, will find an ever surer and surer stay ... More and more mankind will discover that we have to turn to poetry to interpret life for us, to console us, to sustain us."
Matthew Arnold

"To see the Summer Sky
Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie -
True Poems flee."
Emily Dickinson

"Poetry is the imaginative expression of strong feeling usually rythmical...The spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings recollected in traquility."
William Wordsworth

"I have been eating poetry."
Mark Strand

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

"By making us stop for a moment, poetry gives us an opportunity to think about ourselves as human beings on this planet and what we mean to each other."
Rita Dove

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