Quotes about poetry

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„He drove his mind into the abyss where poetry is written.“

—  George Orwell, book Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Source: Keep the Aspidistra Flying

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„Poetry is a sort of homecoming.“

—  Paul Celan Romanian poet and translator 1920 - 1970

„I think men and women who write poetry or write music or paint are finally responsible for what they do. They are entitled to praise for any success they achieve and they should not complain of just criticism.“

—  Geoffrey Hill English poet and professor 1932 - 2016

Interview, The Paris Review No. 80, Spring 2000 http://www.theparisreview.org/interviews/730/the-art-of-poetry-no-80-geoffrey-hill

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„Only in Russia poetry is respected – it gets people killed. Is there anywhere else where poetry is so common a motive for murder?“

—  Osip Mandelstam Russian poet and essayist 1891 - 1938

Quoted in Nadezhda Mandelstam, Hope Against Hope: A Memoir (1970), ch. 35

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„Pure mathematics is in its way the poetry of logical ideas.“

—  Albert Einstein German-born physicist and founder of the theory of relativity 1879 - 1955

1930s, Obituary for Emmy Noether (1935)
Context: Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas. One seeks the most general ideas of operation which will bring together in simple, logical and unified form the largest possible circle of formal relationships. In this effort toward logical beauty spiritual formulas are discovered necessary for the deeper penetration into the laws of nature.

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„one can never be sure whether it's good poetry or bad acid“

—  Charles Bukowski, book Love Is a Dog from Hell

Source: Love Is a Dog from Hell

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„The poetry of earth is never dead.“

—  John Keats English Romantic poet 1795 - 1821

" Sonnet. On the Grasshopper and the Cricket http://www.bartleby.com/126/28.html"
Poems (1817)

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„There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality“

—  Richard Dawkins English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author 1941

The Enemies of Reason, "Slaves to Superstition" [1.01], 13 August 2007, timecode 00:38:16ff
The Enemies of Reason (August 2007)
Variant: Science is the poetry of reality.
Context: The word 'mundane' has come to mean boring and dull, and it really shouldn't. It should mean the opposite because it comes from the latin 'mundus', meaning the world, and the world is anything but dull; the world is wonderful. There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality.

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Frank McCourt photo

„After a full belly all is poetry.“

—  Frank McCourt Irish-American teacher and Pulitzer Prize–winning writer 1930 - 2009

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„Whatever can be done while poetry and philosophy are separated has been done and accomplished. So the time has come to unite the two.“

—  Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel German poet, critic and scholar 1772 - 1829

Was sich thun lässt, so lange Philosophie und Poesie getrennt sind, ist gethan und vollendet. Also ist die Zeit nun da, beyde zu vereinigen.
“Ideas,” Lucinde and the Fragments, P. Firchow, trans. (1991), § 108

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„The fact is that poetry is not the books in the library... Poetry is the encounter of the reader with the book, the discovery of the book.“

—  Jorge Luis Borges Argentine short-story writer, essayist, poet and translator, and a key figure in Spanish language literature 1899 - 1986

"Poetry" (1977)

Joseph Joubert photo
Citát „Poetry is written with tears, fiction with blood, and history with invisible ink.“
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Thomas Mann photo

„Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd.“

—  Thomas Mann German novelist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate 1875 - 1955

Source: Death in Venice and Other Tales

„Our tragic age demands poetry of courage and not whimpers about the inevitable end of all maya.“

—  Mulk Raj Anand Indian writer 1905 - 2004

Quotations by 60 Greatest Indians, Dhirubhai Ambani Institute of Information and Communication Technology http://resourcecentre.daiict.ac.in/eresources/iresources/quotations.html,

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„It is the hardest thing to take chaos and make order of it. Poetry is a veil in front of a heart beating at a very fast pace.“

—  Jericho Brown American writer 1976

On his poems being likened to powder kegs in “Jericho Brown: ‘Poetry is a veil in front of a heart beating at a fast pace” https://www.theguardian.com/books/2018/jul/28/jericho-brown-book-interview-q-and-a-new-testament-poetry in The Guardian (2018 Jul 28)

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„Perfect purity is possible if you turn your life into a line of poetry written with a splash of blood.“

—  Yukio Mishima, book Runaway Horses

Source: Runaway Horses

https://www.japantimes.co.jp/culture/2018/06/02/books/book-reviews/yukio-mishimas-demons-full-force-runaway-horses/ note: Runaway Horses (1969)

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„Poetry is as necessary to comprehension as science. It is as impossible to live without reverence as it is without joy.“

—  Henry Beston American writer 1888 - 1968

Source: The Outermost House: A Year of Life On The Great Beach of Cape Cod

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„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.“

—  T.S. Eliot, book Tradition and the Individual Talent

Tradition and the Individual Talent (1919)
Context: The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious, and conscious where he ought to be unconscious. Both errors tend to make him "personal." 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.

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„I have nothing to say/ and I am saying it/ and that is poetry/ as I need it.“

—  John Cage American avant-garde composer 1912 - 1992

"Lecture on Nothing" (1949)

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„Poetry is a lyrical insinuation. Often, its melodic subtlety kisses the subconscious mind.“

—  Masiela Lusha Albanian actress, writer, author 1985

LaGuardia, Gina (October 2004). "Masiela's Musings". College Bound Teen (USA): p. 2.

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„Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.“

—  Paul Valéry French poet, essayist, and philosopher 1871 - 1945

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„If a poem hasn't ripped apart your soul; you haven't experienced poetry.“

—  Edgar Allan Poe American author, poet, editor and literary critic 1809 - 1849

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„Experiments are the only means of knowledge at our disposal. The rest is poetry, imagination.“

—  Max Planck German theoretical physicist 1858 - 1947

As quoted in Advances in Biochemical Psychopharmacology, Vol. 25 (1980), p. 3

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„We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.“

—  Niels Bohr Danish physicist 1885 - 1962

In his first meeting with Werner Heisenberg in early summer 1920, in response to questions on the nature of language, as reported in Discussions about Language (1933); quoted in Defense Implications of International Indeterminacy (1972) by Robert J. Pranger, p. 11, and Theorizing Modernism : Essays in Critical Theory (1993) by Steve Giles, p. 28
Context: We must be clear that when it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images and establishing mental connections.

Umberto Eco photo

„We were clever enough to turn a laundry list into poetry.“

—  Umberto Eco, book Foucault's Pendulum

Source: Foucault's Pendulum

Emily Dickinson photo

„If I read a book [and] it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?“

—  Emily Dickinson American poet 1830 - 1886

Letter to Thomas Wentworth Higginson (1870), letter #342a of The Letters of Emily Dickinson (1958), edited by Thomas H. Johnson, associate editor Theodora Ward, page 474
Source: Selected Letters

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„Poetry is a sort of truancy, a dream within the dream of life, a wild flower planted among our wheat.“

—  Michael Oakeshott British philosopher 1901 - 1990

Rationalism in Politics and Other Essays (1962)

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„Poetry is a naked woman, a naked man, and the distance between them.“

—  Lawrence Ferlinghetti American artist, writer and activist 1919

Source: Poetry as Insurgent Art

Jeff Buckley photo

„Poetry must find ways of breaking distance.“

—  Giannina Braschi, book Yo-Yo Boing!

Yo-Yo Boing! (Spanglish novel, 1998)
Context: If I respected languages like you do, I wouldn't write at all. El muro de Berlín fue derribado. Why can't I do the same? Desde la torre de Babel, las lenguas han sido siempre una forma de divorciarnos del resto de la humanidad. Poetry must find ways of breaking distance. I'm not reducing my audience. On the contrary, I'm going to have a bigger audience with the common markets — in Europe — in America. And besides, all languages are dialects that are made to break new grounds. I feel like Dante, Petrarca and Boccaccio, and I even feel like Garcilaso forging a new language. Saludo al nuevo siglo, el siglo del nuevo lenguaje de América, y le digo adiós a la retórica separatista y a los atavismos.

Eugène Boudin photo

„To swim in the open sky. To achieve the tenderness of clouds. To suspend these masses in the distance, very far away in the grey mist, make the blue explode. I feel all this coming, dawning in my intentions. What joy and what torment! If the bottom were still, perhaps I would never reach these depths. Did they do better in the past? Did the Dutch achieve the poetry of clouds I seek? That tenderness of the sky which even extends to admiration, to worship: it is no exaggeration.“

—  Eugène Boudin French painter 1824 - 1898

Diary-note of Boudin, 3 December, 1856; as cited in the description of his painting 'Sky, Setting Sun, Bushes in Foreground' http://www.muma-lehavre.fr/en/collections/artworks-in-context/eugene-boudin/boudin-skies, by the Muma-museum, Le Havre
A quote from Boudin's personal diary sheds remarkable light on a small group of his sky studies
1850s - 1870s

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Jacques Prevért photo

„Poetry, it's one of the most pretty nicknames we give to life.“

—  Jacques Prevért French poet, screenwriter 1900 - 1977


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„To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.“

—  Gaston Bachelard French writer and philosopher 1884 - 1962

A Retrospective Glance at the Lifework of a Master of Books
Fragments of a Poetics of Fire (1988)

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„Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen.“

—  Leonardo Da Vinci Italian Renaissance polymath 1452 - 1519

A Treatise on Painting (1651); "The Paragone"; compiled by Francesco Melzi prior to 1542, first published as Trattato della pittura by Raffaelo du Fresne (1651)
Context: Painting is poetry which is seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting which is heard but not seen. These two arts, you may call them both either poetry or painting, have here interchanged the senses by which they penetrate to the intellect.

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Juan Antonio Villacañas photo

„If pain does not die
we shall make it poetry.“

—  Juan Antonio Villacañas Spanish poet, essayist and critic 1922 - 2001

From Sublimation of Disobedience (1998)

Charles Darwin photo

„If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.“

—  Charles Darwin British naturalist, author of "On the origin of species, by means of natural selection" 1809 - 1882

Source: The Autobiography of Charles Darwin, 1809–82

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„The arts (painting, poetry, etc.) are not just these. Eating, drinking, walking are also arts; every act is an art.“

—  César Vallejo Peruvian writer 1892 - 1938

Las artes (pintura, poesía, etc.) no son solo éstas. Artes son también comer, beber, caminar: todo acto es un arte.
Source: Aphorisms (2002), p. 60

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„Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff.“

—  Steve Jobs American entrepreneur and co-founder of Apple Inc. 1955 - 2011

interview in Playboy magazine (February 1985 http://www.playboy.co.uk/article/16311/playboy-interview-steven-jobs) <!-- alternate link : http://gizmodo.com/5694765/29+year+old-steve-jobs-extols-californias-virtues-to-playboy-magazine -->
Context: Woz and I very much liked Bob Dylan's poetry, and we spent a lot of time thinking about a lot of that stuff. This was California. You could get LSD fresh made from Stanford. You could sleep on the beach at night with your girlfriend. California has a sense of experimentation and a sense of openness—openness to new possibilities.

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Lawrence Ferlinghetti photo

„Poetry is the shadow cast by our imaginations.“

—  Lawrence Ferlinghetti American artist, writer and activist 1919

These Are My Rivers: New & Selected Poems, 1955-1993 (New Directions) ISBN: 0-0112-1273-4 0-0112-1252-1

José Martí photo

„A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.“

—  José Martí Poet, writer, Cuban nationalist leader 1853 - 1895

Dedication of the Statue of Liberty (1887)
Source: Versos Sencillos: Simple Verses

Lawrence Durrell photo

„Love is poetry plus biology.“

—  Lawrence Durrell British novelist, poet, dramatist, and travel writer 1912 - 1990

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Robert Frost photo

„Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.“

—  Robert Frost American poet 1874 - 1963

Variant: Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.

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George Eliot photo

„It is always fatal to have music or poetry interrupted.“

—  George Eliot, book Middlemarch

Source: Middlemarch

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Umberto Eco photo

„Rem tene, verba sequentur: grasp the subject, and the words will follow. This, I believe, is the opposite of what happens with poetry, which is more a case of verba tene, res sequenter: grasp the words, and the subject will follow.“

—  Umberto Eco Italian semiotician, essayist, philosopher, literary critic, and novelist 1932 - 2016

Source: Postscript to the Name of the Rose

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„I am composed of contradictions, which is why poetry is a better form for me than philosophy“

—  Czeslaw Milosz Polish, poet, diplomat, prosaist, writer, and translator 1911 - 2004

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Charles Simic photo

„Poetry: three mismatched shoes at the entrance of a dark alley.“

—  Charles Simic American poet 1938

Source: Dime-Store Alchemy

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„We talk so abstractly about poetry because all of us are usually bad poets.“

—  Friedrich Nietzsche German philosopher, poet, composer, cultural critic, and classical philologist 1844 - 1900

Denise Levertov photo

„Two girls discover
the secret of life
in a sudden line of
poetry. I who don't know the
secret wrote
the line.“

—  Denise Levertov Poet 1923 - 1997

O Taste and See : New Poems (1964), The Secret
Source: Poems, 1960-1967

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