Thursday, July 9, 2009
Poetry Quotes of the Day
"There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either."
"Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life."
"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know."
"Poetry ... should strike the reader as a wording of his own
highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
"A poet who makes use of a worse word instead of a better, because the former fits the rhyme or the measure, though it weakens the sense, is like a jeweler, who cuts a diamond into a brilliant, and diminishes the weight to make it shine more."
"Poetry is the language that tells us, through a more or less emotional reaction,
something that cannot be said."
E. A. Robinson
"A musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself. What one can be, one must be."
"Genius is mainly an affair of energy, and poetry is mainly an affair of genius; therefore a nation whose spirit is characterized by energy may well be imminent in poetry."
"Poetry, in the past, was the center of our society, but with modernity it has retreated to the outskirts. I think the exile of poetry is also the exile of the best of humankind."
"The gap between verse and poetry is enormous. Between good poetry and good prose the gap is much narrower."