Poetry Related Quotes




Poetry is often the art of overhearing yourself say things you didn't know you knew. It is a learned skill to force yourself to articulate your life, your present world or your possibilities for the future.

David Whyte


Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure.

Mark Strand


Poetry is the art of understanding what it is to be alive.

Archibald Macleish


My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness.

Virginia Woolf



“Our desire to say more grows bigger and what to say about it, except that saying is not always about saying, growing is not always about growing.”

Dejan Stojanovic


“I read your prose with a voracious hunger for the next line, and satisfy as they each increase in ethereal portion to the plate of my soul.”

Dedrick D. L. Pitter


“. . . poetry, 'The Cinderella of the Arts.'”

Harriet Monroe


The machinations of ambiguity are among the very roots of poetry.

William Empson