Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.
All one's inventions are true, you can be sure of that. Poetry is as exact a science as geometry.
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.
If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.
Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history.
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
Man may be considered as a superior species of animal that produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives
The poetry of earth is never dead:
Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets.
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.
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.
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.
Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
The poetry of the earth is never dead.
Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.
Poetry remembers that it was an oral art before it was a written art.
Why should poetry have to make sense?
Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.