Thursday, July 9, 2009

Poetry Quotes of the Day


"There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either."
Robert Graves

"Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life."
William Hazlitt

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know."
Andre Gide

"Poetry ... should strike the reader as a wording of his own
highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance."
John Keats

"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."
Horace Walpole

"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."
Abraham Maslow

"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."
Matthew Arnold

"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."
Octavio Paz

"The gap between verse and poetry is enormous. Between good poetry and good prose the gap is much narrower."
Michael Longley




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1 comment:

The Rebels Yell! said...

I am glad to see that you have included one of Ireland's literary geniuses. Michael Longley was recently awarded a Festchrift from his publisher. He is one of the triumvirate of important Northern Irish poets (with Heaney and Mahon) who emerged in the 1960s to collectively bring a new 'renaissance' in Irish writing.