Poetry - Quotes & Sayings

In 1971, when I was 29, I wrote my first volume of poetry. I am a poet, and I have published four books of my poems.

Tony Buzan

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.

John Fowles

I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation.

Knut Hamsun

No, what I should really like to do right now, in the full blaze of lights, before this illustrious assembly, is to shower every one of you with gifts, with flowers, with offerings of poetry - to be young once more, to ride on the crest of the wave.

Knut Hamsun

Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.

George Farquhar

Poetry is the elder sister of history, the mother of language, the ancestress of civilization.

Orson F. Whitney

For me, poetry was... the fastest way to express what I was feeling, what I was going through.

Shane Koyczan

Poetry must be made by all and not by one.

Comte de Lautreamont

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.

James Schuyler

I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society.

Linton Kwesi Johnson

Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails.

F. L. Lucas

So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations.

Thomas Lynch

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.

Stephane Mallarme

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.

Douglas Dunn

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.

Charles Simic

To be born in Wales, not with a silver spoon in your mouth, but, with music in your blood and with poetry in your soul, is a privilege indeed.

Brian Harris

For me, poetry is always a search for order.

Elizabeth Jennings