Quotes On Poetry
I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.
Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'
I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.
That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends.
Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.
Meet some people who care about poetry the way you do. You'll have that readership. Keep going until you know you're doing work that's worthy. And then see what happens. That's my advice.
Now I think poetry will save nothing from oblivion, but I keep writing about the ordinary because for me it's the home of the extraordinary, the only home.
My mother carried on and supported us her ambition had been to write poetry and songs.
My art and poetry is very political now. Because you've got to find that truth within you and express yourself. Somewhere out there, I know, there will be people who will listen.
In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry.
That's one of the great things about poetry one realises that one does one's little turn - that you're just part of the great crop, as it were.
The other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives.
We simply have not kept in touch with poetry.
I don't live for poetry. I live far more than anybody else does.
I thought we were gonna open up the world of poetry and music to all kinds of things, and yet, I can't really think of anyone who's done anything like it since.
I guess I wanted to leave America for awhile. It wasn't that I wanted to become an expatriate, or just never come back, I needed some breathing room. I'd already been translating French poetry, I'd been to Paris once before and liked it very much, and so I just went.
I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.
In politics, as in poetry, it is sometimes true that it is darkest before dawn.
Music is my thing. It's my thing it's what I love. It's what I do. It's football to me it's Christmas to me religion to me poetry to me.
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it's not all about characters, relationships and themes, it's also about place and the poetry of place. It's about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there.
Theater is far superior to film in poetry, in abstract poetry.
Because people are very interested in my poetry, in what I say.
Poetry can't cure cancer, but it can save your life until you die.
But in the finished art of the song the use of words has no connection with the use of words in poetry.
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
Any long work in which poetry is persistent, be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession of separate poetic experiences governed into a related whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts.
If it is an imperfect word, no external circumstance can heighten its value as poetry.
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
Poetry being the sign of that which all men desire, even though the desire be unconscious, intensity of life or completeness of experience, the universality of its appeal is a matter of course.
The musician - if he be a good one - finds his own perception prompted by the poet's perception, and he translates the expression of that perception from the terms of poetry into the terms of music.
To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential.
We recognise in the finished art, which is the result of these conditions, the best words in the best order - poetry and to put this essential poetry into different classes is impossible.
Poetry is the mother-tongue of the human race.
There are men who can write poetry, and there are men who can read balance sheets. The men who can read balance sheets cannot write.
What we know is that Shakespeare wrote perhaps the most remarkable body of passionate love poetry in the English language to a young man.
She was the Judy Garland of American poetry.
I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that.
I want a fever, in poetry: a fever, and tranquillity.
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.
Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind.
When you're looking that far out, you're giving people their place in the universe, it touches people. Science is often visual, so it doesn't need translation. It's like poetry, it touches you.
I've already written 300 space poems. But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose. When you read it, it appears to be prose, but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry.
Poetry is its own medium it's very different than writing prose. Poetry can talk in an imagistic sense, it has particular ways of catching an environment.
When I hit a block, regardless of what I am writing, what the subject matter is, or what's going on in the plot, I go back and I read Pablo Neruda's poetry. I don't actually speak Spanish, so I read it translation. But I always go back to Neruda. I don't know why, but it calms me, calms my brain.
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.
People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
I always liked the magic of poetry but now I'm just starting to see behind the curtain of even the best poets, how they've used, tried and tested craft to create the illusion. Wonderful feeling of exhilaration to finally be there.
I'm hopefully touring with Colin Baker next year in Perfect Strangers. I have performed with Sylvia Simms in poetry and music evenings. I would love to do those for the rest of my career - they are so fun and witty.
At this point we've answered about every question you could possibly imagine about Deep Space Nine, so we do this thing called Theatrical Jazz, where we do a show of bits and pieces of things from plays and literature, poetry... stuff that we like. It's fun.
One can't write for all readers. A poet cannot write for people who don't like poetry.
I have had much to learn from Sweden's poetry and, more especially, from her lyrics of the last generation.
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.
For me concrete poetry was a particular way of using language which came out of a particular feeling, and I don't have control over whether this feeling is in me or not.
Poetry comes alive to me through recitation.
I'm not an academic, but I've always loved poetry since I've been small.
Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
I think there's no excuse for the American poetry reader not knowing a good deal about what is going on in the rest of the world.
But I can only write what the muse allows me to write. I cannot choose, I can only do what I am given, and I feel pleased when I feel close to concrete poetry - still.
But at the beginning it was clear to me that concrete poetry was peculiarly suited for using in public settings. This was my idea, but of course I never really much got the chance to do it.
Well, probably I was fed up with concrete poetry. There was a lot of bad concrete poetry and besides, it was confused with visual poetry which was completely different.
Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.
I think that concrete poetry seems to have, as far as I can see, come to a kind of a dead end. It doesn't seem to be going any further than it went in its high period of about five or six years ago.
I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian.
I think we will always have the impulse towards visual poetry with us, and I wouldn't agree with Bly that it's a bad thing. It depends on the ability of the individual poet to do it well, and to make a shape which is interesting enough to hold your attention.
Of course a poem is a two-way street. No poem is any good if it doesn't suggest to the reader things from his own mind and recollection that he will read into it, and will add to what the poet has suggested. But I do think poetry readings are very important.
We don't attempt to have any theme for a number of the anthology, or to have any particular sequence. We just put in things that we like, and then we try to alternate the prose and the poetry.
Poetry does not consist of words alone there must be sentiment and fancy, combination and arrangement.
I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.
In rap music, even though the element of poetry is very strong, so is the element of the drum, the implication of the dance. Without the beat, its commercial value would certainly be more tenuous.
The trouble with us in America isn't that the poetry of life has turned to prose, but that it has turned to advertising copy.
Poetry's always dead, you know? You don't realize how good poetry is until 15 years later.
The first question at that time in poetry was simply the question of honesty, of sincerity.
Freedom is poetry, taking liberties with words, breaking the rules of normal speech, violating common sense. Freedom is violence.
Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.
It all has to do with art - writing, painting, things I've done for a long time but just never had enough time to pursue. I have poetry - things that are designed for songs, but they're always poems first.
The poetry and transgression that was so much of surrealism's anarchic force has been recruited into mainstream culture. It has been made commonplace by television and magazine merchandising, by computer games and Internet visuals, by film and MTV, by the fashion shoot.
I've got a book of poetry by the bed, one of these big collections that goes back to the Greeks and Romans.
Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.
Poetry is a totally different art than film.
Music is more emotional than prose, more revolutionary than poetry. I'm not saying I've got the answers, just a of questions that I don't hear other artists asking.
That poetry survived in its formal agencies finally, and that prose survived to get something said.
I do actually dabble in a bit of poetry! And I'm yet to pen a script, but it is something that I've been telling myself I want to do.
I love to write poetry.
I have epiphanies all the time, because I'm always thinking. I'm a thinker. I'm always writing poetry, I'm always coming to conclusions.
The higher Greek poetry did not make up fictitious plots its business was to express the heroic saga, the myths.
Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is.
We are looking to brands for poetry and for spirituality, because we're not getting those things from our communities or from each other.
I'd never really been content with just churning out these slim volumes every three or four years. I've always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language rather than just something that appears between the covers of thin books.
People who read poetry, for example, like the feel, the heft and the smell of a book.
If you were going to choose a way of making your way in this world and a place to start from, you might not choose poetry and you might not choose Huddersfield.
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don't go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It's always so.
The arts generally have had to recognize Modernism - how should poetry escape?
And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
The cliche is dead poetry.
Fiction will always be my greatest love, with poetry close behind.
It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither.
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
Probably induced by the asthma, I started reading and writing early on, my literary efforts from the age of about nine running chiefly to poetry and plays.
I read as much poetry as time allows and circumstance dictates: No heartache can pass without a little Dorothy Parker, no thunderstorm without W. H. Auden, no sleepless night without W. B. Yeats.
Reading poetry gives me a sense of calm, well-being, and love for humanity - the same stuff more flexible women get from yoga.
Publishing the lyric books, poetry or comics of other musicians I know. That's the thing I really want to break into!
Short fiction is the medium I love the most, because it requires that I bring everything I've learned about poetry - the concision, the ability to say something as vividly as possible - but also the ability to create a narrative that, though lacking a novel's length, satisfies the reader.
Let my life as Poet begin. I want the life of the Poet. I have labored for over twelve years, one thousand pages of prose. Now, I want the easiness of poetry. The brevity of the poem.
All the modern verse plays, they're terrible they're mostly about the poetry. It's more important that the play is first.
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man it has become the amusement and delight of the few.
Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.
And inasmuch as the bridge is a symbol of all such poetry as I am interested in writing it is my present fancy that a year from now I'll be more contented working in an office than ever before.
To a poet the mere making of a poem can seem to solve the problem of truth, but only a problem of art is solved in poetry.
The end of poetry is not to create a physical condition which shall give pleasure to the mind... The end of poetry is not an after-effect, not a pleasurable memory of itself, but an immediate, constant and even unpleasant insistence upon itself.
Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go.
No art form points like poetry to this originality of language as to its essential and abiding concern.
Literature is a state of culture, poetry is a state of grace, before and after culture.
Society's dark hull drifts further and further away. It is this place - the place of our separation, our distinction - that much of his poetry occupies.
Poetry says the things that I can't say. I read a lot, but I never write it.
Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.
Poetry is one of the few nasty childhood habits I've managed to grow out of.
I despair of ever writing excellent poetry.
I will not leave a corner of my consciousness covered up, but saturate myself with the strange and extraordinary new conditions of this life, and it will all refine itself into poetry later on.
Nobody ever told me what to read, or ever put poetry in my way.
If I do a poetry reading I want people to walk out and say they feel better for having been there - not because you've done a comedy performance but because you're talking about your father dying or having young children, things that touch your soul.
Whereas with poetry no one has to show anybody really, and you don't have to tell anyone you're doing it.
What she did was to open our eyes to details of country life such as teaching us names of wild flowers and getting us to draw and paint and learn poetry.
Well, if this is poetry, I'm certainly never going to write any myself.
Poetry had far better imply things than preach them directly... in the open pulpit her voice grows hoarse and fails.
I think that the job of poetry, its political job, is to refresh the idea of justice, which is going dead in us all the time.
All I knew about Ethiopia was from a few records that I like, as well as what I read about the famine. But you get there and it's another world. It's filled with art and music and poetry and intellectuals and writers - all kinds of people.
But poetry is a way of language, it is not its subject or its maker's background or interests or hobbies or fixations. It is nearer to utterance than history.
Some Marines made fun of the fact that I had done plays and studied poetry, but then I won the award for physical training.
One of the things I've always liked about my husband is he's very good at lots of stuff. He was an English teacher when I met him. He wrote poetry and played the guitar. As time went on, he decided to go into economics, so he's very analytical and mathematical in addition to his artsy side.
Well, I like to write poetry. I'm a published poet.
I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.
I used to joke that if acting didn't work out, poetry was my commonsense fallback.
Well I guess the plan was to write poetry and publish books and make a living from writing poetry. That was a pretty ambitious plan I guess.
Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.
There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.
I was kind of an outcast in school 'cause I always kept to myself and was writing poetry and then going on tour with my brother band all the time, so kids didn't know what to make of me.
Clarity, clarity, surely clarity is the most beautiful thing in the world, A limited, limiting clarity I have not and never did have any motive of poetry But to achieve clarity.
I use rock and jazz and blues rhythms because I love that music. I hope my poetry has a relationship with good-time rock'n roll.
Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.
Well, I write a lot of poetry - that's where it usually all starts. I definitely want to show you guys sides of me - love, loss, heartbreak - all of that good stuff!
Too many people in the modern world view poetry as a luxury, not a necessity like petrol. But to me it's the oil of life.
For poetry there exists neither large countries nor small. Its domain is in the heart of all men.
The urge to write poetry is like having an itch. When the itch becomes annoying enough, you scratch it.
My father had wanted to name me for Dylan Thomas. He had seen him speak on one of those drunken poetry tours he did.
I found that it wasn't so oddball to like music and poetry and visual arts, they're kindred spirits.
I think it was T.S. Eliot who talked about good poetry being felt before it's understood. I believe that. There are some bands where I love their lyrics but I don't have a clue what they're on about.
I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much, he's very Anglican.
Religion is no more possible without prayer than poetry without language, or music without atmosphere.
There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.
What is poetry which does not save nations or people?
Theater and poetry were what helped people stay alive and want to go on living.
I started off in England and very few people knew I was Australian. I mean, the clues were in the poems, but they didn't read them very carefully, and so for years and years I was considered completely part of the English poetry scene.
Poetry is of so subtle a spirit, that in the pouring out of one language into another it will evaporate.
Don't call my lyrics poetry. It's an insult to real poets.
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.
This career essentially chased me down while I was on the spoken-word scene in New York. I kept hearing that my delivery of my poetry - which was very personal and cathartic at the time- was very moving to folks. People thought that I was an actress because of my delivery, when I was just dropping into the work and really pouring out my soul.
Let me read you some of my poetry. My poetry just takes me to another level.
Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do.
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
What does that represent? There was never any question in plastic art, in poetry, in music, of representing anything. It is a matter of making something beautiful, moving, or dramatic - this is by no means the same thing.
Poetry must be made by all and not by one.
So much of my poetry begins with something that I can describe in visual terms, so thinking about distance, thinking about how life begins and what might be watching us.
Poetry criticism at its worst today is mean in spirit and spiteful in intent, as if determined to inflict the wound that will spur the artist to new heights if it does not cripple him or her.
The older I've got the less I find myself going back and re-reading or really reading new fiction or poetry.
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.
Poetry is a sort of homecoming.
Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something.
Poetry is an art, and chief of the fine art the easiest to dabble in, the hardest in which to reach true excellence.
Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.
That's the way it is with poetry: When it is incomprehensible it seems profound, and when you understand it, it is only ridiculous.
For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.
Who writes poetry imbibes honey from the poisoned lips of life.
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you've lost the whole thing.
I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.
I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours, but I had it all planned out. It isn't poetry and it does not pretend to be, but it does what it sets out to do.
I'm looking for a guy who makes you want to dance and write poetry all day long.
Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.
Some say they see poetry in my paintings I see only science.
I didn't want to deal in poetry. I got rid of that after a few months.
For me, poetry is always a search for order.
All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears.
I don't know a better preparation for life than a love of poetry and a good digestion.
For there is a sound reasoning upon all flowers. For flowers are peculiarly the poetry of Christ.
Poetry asks people to have values, form opinions, care about some other part of experience besides making money and being successful on the job.
Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold.
He fertilizes a phrase or a line of poetry for weeks and then gives birth to it in a speech.
I write poetry in order to live more fully.
All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
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.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Always be a poet, even in prose.
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.
Poetry should... should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.
God is the perfect poet.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
No poem is easily grasped so why should any reader expect fast results?
Every single soul is a poem.
A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an audience to understand all the nuances.
Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
The moment of change is the only poem.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes to hear it is to see it with our ears.
You don't have to suffer to be a poet adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
The poet may be used as a barometer, but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
The novel is born of disillusionment the poem, of despair.
Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered into by reading other poems.
I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
I like poems that are little games.
Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.
Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.
A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.
Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
We all write poems it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them, and I am a poet of memory.
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
You don't help people in your poems. I've been trying to help people all my life - that's my trouble.
Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message, an advent of sense.
However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can't be much to it.
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
Poetry is an orphan of silence. The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them.
When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses.
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through anyone that suits you.
I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean.
If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it's to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel.
I read poetry to save time.
I don't think I've ever read poetry, ever.
I'm sorry, man, but I've got magic. I've got poetry in my fingertips. Most of the time - and this includes naps - I'm an F-18, bro. And I will destroy you in the air. I will deploy my ordinance to the ground.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Wine is bottled poetry.
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.
It's not easy to define poetry.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
Superstition is the poetry of life.
Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
Rhyme, that enslaved queen, that supreme charm of our poetry, that creator of our meter.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility.
It is time to get drunk! So as not to be the martyred slaves of Time, get drunk get drunk without stopping! On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
As things are, and as fundamentally they must always be, poetry is not a career, but a mug's game. No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: He may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
The drama is complete poetry. The ode and the epic contain it only in germ it contains both of them in a state of high development, and epitomizes both.
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.
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
Why should poetry have to make sense?
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
The Bible should be taught, but emphatically not as reality. It is fiction, myth, poetry, anything but reality. As such it needs to be taught because it underlies so much of our literature and our culture.
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
I love romantic poetry.
Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity, it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost a remembrance.
We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
The greatest thing a human soul ever does in this world... to see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
Writing criticism is to writing fiction and poetry as hugging the shore is to sailing in the open sea.
Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
Poetry consists in a rhyming dictionary and things seen.
Women do not have as great a need for poetry because their own essence is poetry.
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
It is the hour to be drunken! to escape being the martyred slaves of time, be ceaselessly drunk. On wine, on poetry, or on virtue, as you wish.
It's bad poetry executed by people that can't sing. That's my definition of Rap.
Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.
I've written some poetry I don't understand myself.
We read Robert Browning's poetry. Here we needed no guidance from the professor: the poems themselves were enough.
When I was writing pretty poor poetry, this girl with midnight black hair told me to go on.
Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away.
Write verse, not poetry. The public wants verse. If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it, but try your hand at verse.
The sort of poetry I seek resides in objects man can't touch.
In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it's the exact opposite.
Teach you children poetry it opens the mind, lends grace to wisdom and makes the heroic virtues hereditary.
The crown of literature is poetry.
Poetry should be great and unobtrusive, a thing which enters into one's soul, and does not startle it or amaze it with itself, but with its subject.
For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.
I am two fools, I know, for loving, and for saying so in whining poetry.
When truth has no burning, then it is philosophy, when it gets burning from the heart, it becomes poetry.
Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.
Poetry is as precise a thing as geometry.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Poetry is a sword of lightning, ever unsheathed, which consumes the scabbard that would contain it.
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
As an actor, there is room for a certain amount of creativity, but you're always ultimately going to be saying somebody else's words. I don't think I'd have the stamina, skill or ability to write a novel, but I'd love to write short stories and poetry, because those are my two passions.
Poetry and progress are like two ambitious men who hate one another with an instinctive hatred, and when they meet upon the same road, one of them has to give place.
Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry.
France is not poetic she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
I love Sufism as I love beautiful poetry, but it is not the answer. Sufism is like a mirage in the desert. It says to you, come and sit, relax and enjoy yourself for a while.
And New York is the most beautiful city in the world? It is not far from it. No urban night is like the night there... Squares after squares of flame, set up and cut into the aether. Here is our poetry, for we have pulled down the stars to our will.
A definition of poetry can only determine what poetry should be and not what poetry actually was and is otherwise the most concise formula would be: Poetry is that which at some time and some place was thus named.
The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?
Women are treated as unjustly in poetry as in life. The feminine ones are not idealistic, and the idealistic not feminine.
One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
From what the moderns want, we must learn what poetry should become from what the ancients did, what poetry must be.
He who has religion will speak poetry. But philosophy is the tool with which to seek and discover religion.
Nothing truly convincing - which would possess thoroughness, vigor, and skill - has been written against the ancients as yet especially not against their poetry.
Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.
In poetry, you must love the words, the ideas and the images and rhythms with all your capacity to love anything at all.
Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind.
Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
I never really liked poetry readings I liked to read poetry by myself, but I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group.
I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a kind of dangerous description. It's for others it's for others to use.
I think the term poet is a very exalted term and should be applied to a man at the end of his work. When he looks back over the body of his work and he's written poetry then let the verdict be that he's a poet.
Well you can't teach the poetry, but you can teach the craft.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.
I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry.
If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
I certainly derived my skills as a prose writer from my scrutiny of poetry and of the individual word. But schools don't do things like that anymore - tracking words down to their roots.
Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry that is, prose = words in their best order - poetry = the best words in the best order.
Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
Those who have never entered upon scientific pursuits know not a tithe of the poetry by which they are surrounded.
I want to branch out. I want to write. I write poetry. I want to see my children grow up well.
Poetry involves the mysteries of the irrational perceived through rational words.
Is there any purpose to translating poetry? A poem does not contain information of importance, like a signpost or a warning notice.
Well, I still write poetry, but I wouldn't call myself a poet.
I was a 16-year-old girl at one point, so of course I wrote poetry.
In poetry everything which must be said is almost impossible to say well.
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
Art: If the object of poetry is, to make men, then poetry is the heir of prophecy.
Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.
The poetry of a people comes from the deep recesses of the unconscious, the irrational and the collective body of our ancestral memories.
When you're going through something, whether it's a wonderful thing like having a child or a sad thing like losing somebody, you often feel like 'Oh my God, I'm so overwhelmed I'm dealing with this huge thing on my own.' In fact, poetry's a nice reminder that, no, everybody goes through it. These are universal experiences.
I have written some songs, but I would really call what I've done poetry at the end of the day, because I'll sit with my guitar for hours and hours on end for, like, a week and then I won't touch it for a month. I also just have no confidence. And you know what? I don't have time, because I'd rather be doing other things, like knitting.
I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
Romance like a ghost escapes touching it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.
The musician is perhaps the most modest of animals, but he is also the proudest. It is he who invented the sublime art of ruining poetry.
I gave up on new poetry myself 30 years ago when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens in a hostile world.
I find a lot of poetry to be narcissistic.
I've written for every medium except poetry, at which I suck.
Poetry is what we turn to in the most emotional moments of our life - when a beloved friend dies, when a baby is born or when we fall in love.
You know, bad poetry I wrote in high school can still be found on the Internet, and, you know, there's a Web log of our college newspaper. You know, there's so many different stages of my creative development are sort of on-record if somebody were to choose to look for them.
It's something we, guys, have all done. Made tapes for girls, trying to impress them, to meet them on a shared plane of aesthetics. Read them someone else's poetry because they do poetry better than you could do it, because you're too awkward to do it.
You know, people speak in poetry all the time. They just don't realize it.
I always wrote poetry and stuff like that, so putting songs together wasn't that spectacular.
There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.
Colloquial poetry is to the real art as the barber's wax dummy is to sculpture.
Poetry is really a way of sharing feelings and ideas.
The biggest problem is people are afraid of poetry, think they can't understand it or that it will be boring.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
One difference between poetry and lyrics is that lyrics sort of fade into the background. They fade on the page and live on the stage when set to music.
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from Science, along with behaviour control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.
When I was younger, I felt it was my duty to wake people up. I thought poetry was asleep. I thought rock 'n' roll was asleep.
I came into music because I thought the presentation of poetry wasn't vibrant enough. So I merged improvised poetry with basic rock chords.
What I wanted to do in rock 'n roll was merge poetry with sonic scapes, and the two people who had contributed so much to that were Jimi Hendrix and Jim Morrison.
Poetry is so vital to us until school spoils it.
Anticipating that most poetry will be worse than carrying heavy luggage through O'Hare Airport, the public, to its loss, reads very little of it.
I think there are things in my story that have helped my creativity. Your father being killed, for instance, is one of the best things that could happen to a kid if he's going to write poetry or songs.
Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth.
Money is a kind of poetry.
Everything is complicated if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.
My films are an extension of my poetry, using the white screen like the white page to be filled with images.
Poetry for me is as much a spiritual practice as sexual ecstasy is.
You pick up loads of baggage with your first record with reaction to it from fans and critics. So I went to Ireland by myself for a couple of weeks with my guitar. I read lots of poetry, I read Patti Smith's autobiography and started words and phrases and then songs started to take shape.
Poetry is the language we speak in the most terrifying or ecstatic passages of our lives. But the very word poetry scares people. They think of their grade school teachers reciting 'Hiawatha' and they groan.
Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved.
Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream - they go together.
It's always a combination of physics and poetry that I find inspiring. It's hard to wrap your head around things like the Hubble scope.
Poetry lies its way to the truth.
I thought to spend my declining years writing poetry and teaching - but that won't pay the Bergdorf's bill. I think I'll move to somewhere life is cheaper.
You know, in my music career there was a moment where the irony was just so heavy. There were people in my audience that were the reason I developed neuroses. These people that tortured my life were using my art, my poetry, as fuel for them, to torture other people.
The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry.
If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong. One of the problems of free verse is that much of the free verse poetry is not memorable.
Living here on Earth, we breathe the rhythms of a universe that extends infinitely above us. When resonant harmonies arise between this vast outer cosmos and the inner human cosmos, poetry is born.
I never thought I'd be doing poetry books. I never really studied poetry. But the first one I did was after my mother died, and I realized that people sort of think and talk about her style and fashion, but in fact, what made her the person she was was really her love of reading and ideas.
I've written poetry since I was in the first grade, and it wasn't until I was a little bit older that I realized poetry could be put to music and become a song.
With several different kinds of poetry to choose from, a man would decide that he would like best to be an epic poet, and he would set out, in conscious determination, on an epic poem.
Most people read poetry listening for echoes because the echoes are familiar to them. They wade through it the way a boy wades through water, feeling with his toes for the bottom: The echoes are the bottom.
If poetry should address itself to the same needs and aspirations, the same hopes and fears, to which the Bible addresses itself, it might rival it in distribution.
When I was in college, I used to write little ditties and short stories and poetry for my friends. Writing a book is another thing. It is so much different from my traditional day of dirty fingernails and greasy hair and hot pans.
For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music.
I was one of those dark, quiet kids that wrote poetry.
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
The library was open for one hour after school let out. I hid there, looking at art books and reading poetry.
A theology should be like poetry, which takes us to the end of what words and thoughts can do.
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity.
In my late teenage years, I developed a real passion for it, and wrote a lot of poetry.
Poetry is the exquisite expression of exquisite expressions.
A lot happens by accident in poetry.
I've never read a political poem that's accomplished anything. Poetry makes things happen, but rarely what the poet wants.
The world is full of poetry. The air is living with its spirit and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
As for how criticism of Keats' poetry relates to criticism of my own work, I'll leave that for others to decide.
I have to admit that I had a lot of problems with poetry.
And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head.
Poetry is rather an approach to things, to life, than it is typographical production.
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others.
Poetry is the deification of reality.
While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of 'difficult' poetry are over, because we live in a pluralist culture and there's room for 'difficult' poetry alongside rap and everything else. And poetry won't be for everyone, but everyone should have the choice.
I'm not a great poetry fan.
I try to show what it is about language and music that enthralls, because I think those are the two elements of poetry.
Have you ever heard a good joke? If you've ever heard someone just right, with the right pacing, then you're already on the way to poetry. It's about using words in very precise ways and using gesture.
Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
I see a resurgence of interest in poetry. I am less optimistic about the prospects for the arts when it comes to federal funding.
The poetry that sustains me is when I feel that, for a minute, the clouds have parted and I've seen ecstasy or something.
If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made.
That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been.
Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
Rap is poetry to music, like beatniks without beards and bongos.
I really enjoy English and poetry and writing classes.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
I'm conscious of a series of circles working its way through my life. And at this particular moment I have come round to the beginning of my writing cycle. It begins with poetry. There's hardly a day that goes past on which I don't write poetry.
Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
What other people may find in poetry or art museums, I find in the flight of a good drive.
For me, poetry is a situation - a state of being, a way of facing life and facing history.
Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.
Poetry is a form of mathematics, a highly rigorous relationship with words.
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
Poetry, almost by definition, calls attention to its language and form.
Teaching writing over the years intrudes on your own writing in important ways, taking away some of the excitement of poetry.
I don't think the creative writing industry has helped American poetry.
Some people swear by writing courses, but whether it really helps American poetry, I have doubts.
Everyone needs solitude, especially a person who is used to thinking about what she experiences. Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
Unfortunately, poetry is not born in noise, in crowds, or on a bus. There have to be four walls and the certainty that the telephone will not ring. That's what writing is all about.
In the language of poetry, where every word is weighed, nothing is usual or normal. Not a single stone and not a single cloud above it. Not a single day and not a single night after it. And above all, not a single existence, not anyone's existence in this world.
Solitude is very important in my work as a mode of inspiration, but isolation is not good in this respect. I am not writing poetry about isolation.
There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.
I was trained as an actress. But I wasn't a very convincing actress, so I started doing punk poetry and then fell into doing stand-up.
I've always had a love for poetry and when I got signed to a record label I thought, 'How odd that I'm doing a record before a book of poetry,'
I think when kids just see well-crafted poetry, it's just obtuse to them. It's hard to relate to.
A public expectation, it has to be said, not of poetry as such but of political positions variously approvable by mutually disapproving groups.
Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.
On July 26, 1916, I announced to all my friends in America that from now on I resolved to write no more poems in the classical language, and to begin my experiments in writing poetry in the so-called vulgar tongue of the people.
There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.
Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.
Poetry isn't a profession, it's a way of life. It's an empty basket you put your life into it and make something out of that.
Poetry is the most subtle of the literary arts, and students grow more ingenious by the year at avoiding it. If they can nip around Milton, duck under Blake and collapse gratefully into the arms of Jane Austen, a lot of them will.
I think that it's more likely that in my 60s and 70s I will be writing poetry rather than fiction.
Pound's translation of Chinese poetry was maybe the most important thing I read. Eliot a little bit later.
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
You have to really dive deep back into yourself and get rid of so much modern analytical categorization. It's one of the great things poetry does.
Among the American contemporaries I read with most enjoyment are several North Carolinians. I think the best poetry being written these days is being written by Southerners.
The Language Poets are writing only about language itself. The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself. That seems to me a kind of dead end.
The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is made more by the readers than by writers. Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.
I don't think American poetry has gotten any better in the past 35 years. Oddly enough, creative writing programs seem to have been good for fiction, and I would not have predicted that.
I love to compare different time frames. Poetry can evoke the time of the subject. By a very careful choice of words you can evoke an era, completely throw the poem into a different time scale.
One of the most powerful devices of poetry is the use of distortions. You can go from talking about the way a minute passes to the way a century passes, or a lifetime.
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank verse will not make it good poetry.
What actually makes poetry poetry is of course impossible to define. We recognize it when we hear it, when we see it, but we can't define it.
Part of what we love about poetry is the fact that it seems ancient, that it has an authority of ancient language and ancient form, and that it's timeless, that it reaches back.
I learned to impersonate the kind of person that talks about poetry. It comes from teaching, I think.
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know.
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
I write all the time - I write poetry, I love to write.
But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor, and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.
Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.
The music just tends to be a vehicle for that poetry.
I'm not a writer. I think I can write short stories and poetry, but film writing, brilliant film writing, is a talent - you can't just do it like that.
It's like I understand images and some people understand poetry.
Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
You campaign in poetry. You govern in prose.
Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow.
Poetry is at the centre of my life, too, emotionally speaking, and intellectually speaking - it's just that I'm one of those people who enjoy doing other stuff as well.
I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.
In a general way, I want to be a kind of flag-waver, bunting hanger-up, drum-beater, you name it, for poetry.
Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos.
I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry.
Poetry is a special use of language that opens onto the real. The business of the poet is truth telling, which is why in the Celtic tradition no one could be a teacher unless he or she was a poet.
Poetry and consumption are the most flattering of diseases.
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
Cut quarrels out of literature, and you will have very little history or drama or fiction or epic poetry left.
A very intimate sense of the expressiveness of outward things, which ponders, listens, penetrates, where the earlier, less developed consciousness passed lightly by, is an important element in the general temper of our modern poetry.
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry.
That sense of a life in natural objects, which in most poetry is but a rhetorical artifice, was, then, in Wordsworth the assertion of what was for him almost literal fact.
I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed.
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now.
In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry.
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry.
Today the U.S. is farther from being nourished by poetry than it was a hundred years ago, when books of poems were best-sellers.
In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
The quietest poetry can be an explosion of joy.
For me, prose walks, poetry dances.
Poetry is a natural energy resource of our country.It has no energy crisis, possessing a potential that will last as long as the country. Its power is equal to that of any country in the world.
However, poetry does not live solely in books or in school anthologies.
I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
Poetry is the art which is technically within the grasp of everyone: a piece of paper and a pencil and one is ready.
Slowly poetry becomes visual because it paints images, but it is also musical: it unites two arts into one.
In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech... One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
There is also poetry written to be shouted in a square in front of an enthusiastic crowd. This occurs especially in countries where authoritarian regimes are in power.
There is poetry even in prose, in all the great prose which is not merely utilitarian or didactic: there exist poets who write in prose or at least in more or less apparent prose millions of poets write verses which have no connection with poetry.
This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul.
True poetry is similar to certain pictures whose owner is unknown and which only a few initiated people know.
I knew what book we had to write, it was clear in my head it was journals and poetry. So I passed on their offer. I told my agent this is our vision, and no one's done it this way.
I don't like to boast, but I have probably skipped more poetry than any other person of my age and weight in this country.
My favorite subject probably was math. I love math. Figures just intrigue me. I was really good at math. English probably was my worst subject. But I used to write a lot of poetry. I used to write poetry all the time.
I think that's what poetry does. It allows people to come together and identify with a common thing that is outside of themselves, but which they identify with from the interior.
I know I'm not a wordsmith. And I don't write poetry. Sometimes I think I should, because it's really helpful. But I always wanted to write novels.
I'm not really one for fancy, big words and poetry, and the scriptwriters worked very hard on 'Paradise Lost' to translate it.
A lot of people think, 'I'll give acting or poetry or filmmaking a try. And if it doesn't work out I'll go get a law degree, do something else that's more practical.' For me I went the reverse way. I lived the back-up plan.
I come here to speak poetry. It will always be in the grass. It will also be necessary to bend down to hear it. It will always be too simple to be discussed in assemblies.
I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords.
The middle class is doing fine in fiction. But it's not what gets me going. I love the working class, and everyone from it I've met, and think they're incredibly witty, inventive - there's a lot of poetry there.
I credit poetry for making this space-walk possible.
Manifesting that order of poetry where we can at last grow up to that which we stored up as we grew.
Science fiction, outside of poetry, is the only literary field which has no limits, no parameters whatsoever.
I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.
Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that one general difference between Japanese and Western poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones, gut this is only in part true.
It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese.
I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry.
Art works because it appeals to certain faculties of the mind. Music depends on details of the auditory system, painting and sculpture on the visual system. Poetry and literature depend on language.
The completely solitary self: that's where poetry comes from, and it gets isolated by crisis, and those crises are often very intimate also.
The fact of the matter is that the most unexpected and miraculous thing in my life was the arrival in it of poetry itself - as a vocation and an elevation almost.
Poetry always runs away from you - it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it.
Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.
While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.
The romanticised life, where all the great poetry and music and art of the world comes from, is great but it requires a lot of self-indulgence.
A group of us started a community center in Santa Monica. We've tried different programs, and three have worked really well. A poetry group. Once a week we visit Venice High and talk to girls at risk.
I have experienced healing through other writers' poetry, but there's no way I can sit down to write in the hope a poem will have healing potential. If I do, I'll write a bad poem.
When you translate poetry in particular, you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom you're working puts together words, sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse, the syntax and the sentence.
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.
Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.
I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
Poetry seems to have been eliminated as a literary genre, and installed instead, as a kind of spiritual aerobic exercise - nobody need read it, but anybody can do it.
An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry. This makes poetry very exciting, unstable, and interactive.
Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools.
In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change.
If poetry alters the way in which the reader views the world, then it has had its desired effect.
My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end.
I can find some way to make poetry out of my life's experiences.
It is the timber of poetry that wears most surely, and there is no timber that has not strong roots among the clay and worms.
I think it comes from really liking literary forms. Poetry is very beautiful, but the space on the page can be as affecting as where the text is. Like when Miles Davis doesn't play, it has a poignancy to it.
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
I work on words, mostly, toward them being poetry or short stories, and then some of those become songs. They all find their place in the world, but they all start off in the same place. I'm always painting and drawing as well, and it's an ongoing creative assignment.
I was a visual artist primarily and a writer, even from a very young age. I wrote a lot of stories and poetry and... I had a desire to create always. And I always had a desire to show my work.
There is an urgent need for Americans to look deeply into themselves and their actions, and musical poetry is perhaps the most effective mirror available. Every newspaper headline is a potential song.
When I really want to be soothed and reminded of why people bother to fiddle with sentences, I often read poetry.
From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.
So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.
I've always written, all my life, and when I was very young I developed an interest in poetry.
I like the way words go together and I like the gamesmanship of writing poetry. It is such a challenge.
I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
I guess the two Manifesto, Communicating Vessels, Mad Love, and some of his poetry made a significant mark on me but as far as bringing a literary element into the music I see it as a much broader assimilation.
Even if you only want to write science fiction, you should also read mysteries, poetry, mainstream literature, history, biography, philosophy, and science.
It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
Poetry and prayer are very similar.
Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.
I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way.
You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what's in your heart.
I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life.
More people than ever are slowly but surely turning their ears toward poetry.
I think we fool ourselves and really negate a great deal of history if we think that the oral history of poetry is shorter than the written history of poetry. It's not true. Poetry has a longer oral tradition than it does written.
If you don't mark your successes, the day your ship comes in could be just another day at the office, and there's no poetry in that.
On the other hand, if there's an underlying core of poetry that I go to, I go to the sea. I've lived on the sea all my life. I live on the sea in Cape Breton.
I don't think rap really fits in to 'American Idol' in the sense that I believe rap is an art form in itself more akin to poetry, more akin to drama, if you will.
Poetry, it is often said and loudly so, is life's true mirror. But a monkey looking into a work of literature looks in vain for Socrates.
Science and art, or by the same token, poetry and prose differ from one another like a journey and an excursion. The purpose of the journey is its goal, the purpose of an excursion is the process.
Prose talks and poetry sings.
Reading a piece of poetry with no beat in front of 20 people is way more challenging than rocking for 10,000 people.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
I don't think it's always good to read lots of poetry.
The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
And my father was a comic. He could play any musical instrument. He loved to perform. He was a wonderfully comedic character. He had the ability to dance and sing and charm and analyze poetry.
So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
Naming a baby is an act of poetry, for many people the only creative moment of their lives.
I've done a number of readings at poetry lounges in Vancouver and Los Angeles. I've compiled a book of poetry that's completed, and two others I'm working on.
America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?
I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.
Poetry is life distilled.
Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty.
Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.
I had art as a major, along with English, French and History. I had dance, modern dance. In English I was allowed to write my own poetry, which I eventually got published.
Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence.
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.
Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
Poetry is composing for the breath.
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such.
I think poetry is best read to oneself.
Deep feeling doesn't make for good poetry. A way with language would be a bit of help.
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
They need to learn poetry. They don't need to learn about poetry. They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don't need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it.
The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all.
But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me.
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most.
There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.
Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
Bad, quirky poetry might be better than some of the good stuff, because it really comes from the heart.
Never fear: Thank Home, and Poetry, and the Force behind both.
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
He passes from lyric to epic poetry in order to speak about the world and the torment in the world through man, rationally and emotionally. The poet then becomes a danger.
Religious poetry, civic poetry, lyric or dramatic poetry are all categories of man's expression which are valid only if the endorsement of formal content is valid.
Poetry is fascinating. As soon as it begins the poetry has changed the thing into something extra, and somehow prose can go over into poetry.
The mystical poetry of William Blake's artwork also forms the basis for the album cover.
None but a poet can write a tragedy. For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.
Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
I've been writing a lot of poetry recently. It helps me think and work things out.
The same people who are murdered slowly in the mechanized slaughterhouses of work are also arguing, singing, drinking, dancing, making love, holding the streets, picking up weapons and inventing a new poetry.
There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.
Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.
The nerds are my favourite sort of boys - any guy with a passion - whether it be physics or film or writing or poetry even, I think it's super sweet and it's very attractive for a female.
There have been two popular subjects for poetry in the last few decades: the Vietnam War and AIDS, about both of which almost all of us have felt deeply.
And I know I'm supposed to feel guilty for wanting people to buy my books... and books in general? Novels and poetry, they belong to the realm of art. How dirty of us to try to hawk art! But, after a decade of hand-wringing and apologies, I can't quite muster the guilt anymore.
But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.
But I don't think that poetry is a good, to use a contemporary word, venue, for current events.
High and low culture come together in all Post Modern art, and American poetry is not excluded from this.
I definitely wish to distinguish American poetry from British or other English language poetry.
Still, language is resilient, and poetry when it is pressured simply goes underground.
Because, in fact, women, feminists, do read my poetry, and they read it often with the power of their political interpretation. I don't care that's what poetry is supposed to do.
I'm perfectly happy when I look out at an audience and it's all women. I always think it's kind of odd, but then, more women than men, I think, read and write poetry.
PC stuff just lowers the general acceptance of good work and replaces it with bogus poetry that celebrates values that in themselves are probably quite worthy.
Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.
There is no gilding of setting sun or glamor of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers' wives.
Poetry is at least an elegance and at most a revelation.
Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.
From reading a previous answer, you know that I consider all those aspects to be part of American cultural myth and thus they figure into good American poetry, whether the poet is aware of what he is doing or not.
I don't like political poetry, and I don't write it. If this question was pointing towards that, I think it is missing the point of the American tradition, which is always apolitical, even when the poetry comes out of politically active writers.
I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
I think I'm a very good reader of poetry, but obviously, like everybody, I have a set of criteria for reading poems, and I'm not shy about presenting them, so if people ask for my critical response to a poem, I tell them what works and why, and what doesn't work and why.
I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that.
Poetry is, first and last, language - the rest is filler.
Poetry is something that happens in universities, in creative writing programs or in English departments.
I would say that American poetry has always been a poetry of personal testimony.
I think the best American poetry is the poetry that utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
I certainly can't speak for all cultures or all societies, but it's clear that in America, poetry serves a very marginal purpose. It's not part of the cultural mainstream.
I believe that all poetry is formal in that it exists within limits, limits that are either inherited by tradition or limits that language itself imposes.
And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.
A life is not sufficiently elevated for poetry, unless, of course, the life has been made into an art.
A great many people seem to think writing poetry is worthwhile, even though it pays next to nothing and is not as widely read as it should be.
My next project is to get back to that. Actually, to learn how to write poetry. I'm not kidding.
The poetry community here has been extraordinarily welcoming.
Then I discovered I loved writing poetry more than fiction.
So I suppose poetry, language, the shaping of it, was and remains for me an effort to make sense out of essentially senseless situations.
I published, privately, a collection of my serious poetry I had written over the years. I only published 50 copies, which I gave to friends, in a special deluxe edition. It was ridiculously expensive but I'm glad that I did it.
Well, the great thing for me about poetry is that in good poems the dislocation of words, that is to say, the distance between what they say they're saying and what they are actually saying is at its greatest.
Well, I had this little notion - I started writing when I was eleven, writing poetry. I was passionately addicted to it it was my great refuge through adolescence.
Even the people who have had success and made money writing these books of fiction seem to feel the need to pretend it's no big deal, or part of a natural progression from poetry to fiction, but often it's really just about the money, the perceived prestige.
Humour is a fine line to walk in poetry, as in fiction. I just think it's harder to write. It's harder to keep the respect of the reader too.
I've often entertained paranoid suspicions about my fridge and what it's been doing to my poetry when I'm not looking, but I never even considered that my fan was thinking about me.
Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
I've always written. When I was in school, the only teacher who ever liked me was my creative writing teacher. I used to enter poetry competitions, and I don't think I ever lost one. So I had the idea for a while of being some kind of poet.
I heard Nirvana, and discovered that songs could be like poetry, but a little bit more refined: you didn't have to have 20 verses to get your point across.
I began the way nearly everybody I ever heard of - I began writing poetry. And I find that to be quite usual with writers, their trying their hand at poetry.
I used to write sonnets and various things, and moved from there into writing prose, which, incidentally, is a lot more interesting than poetry, including the rhythms of prose.
Most people can't tell now who wrote what. I like that blurring of identities within the band. because it becomes a unified thing that can't be related to other forms of historical poetry.
Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that there is no other category in which to put it.
Poetry, especially traditional Iranian poetry, is very good at looking at things from a number of different angles simultaneously.
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were.
Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
I was excited by what my painter friends were doing, and they seemed to be interested in our poetry too, and that was a wonderful little, fizzy sort of world.
I wonder if I ever thought of an ideal reader... I guess when I was in my 20s and in New York and maybe even in my early 30s, I would write for my wife Janice... mainly for my poet friends and my wife, who was very smart about poetry.
I was influenced by surrealist poetry and painting as were thousands of other people, and it seems to me to have become a part of the way I write, but it's not.
I believe that the short story is as different a form from the novel as poetry is, and the best stories seem to me to be perhaps closer in spirit to poetry than to novels.
Poetry teaches us music, metaphor, condensation and specificity.
But it is the province of religion, of philosophy, of pure poetry only, to go beyond life, beyond time, into eternity.
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.
I do not see how a man can work on the frontiers of physics and write poetry at the same time. They are in opposition.
I want to write a book of poetry, as well as children's stories.
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday.
I have always written poetry but I have never applied it to songwriting.
We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine.
Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.
Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it.
I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.
Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
There is a wonderful Hungarian literature, especially in lyric poetry.
That is what I did with Jack, and that's why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music.
I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.