Poetry Quotes and Sayings

Here you can find the best collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous Poetry quotes and Poetry sayings, and Poetry proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

"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. "

Charlie Sheen

"Why should poetry have to make sense? "

Charlie Chaplin

"It’s not easy to define poetry."

Bob Dylan

"I consider myself a poet first and a musician second. I live like a poet and I’ll die like a poet."

Bob Dylan

"There’s a certain line between jokes and music and poetry that’s a bit blurred in my mind."

Bo Burnham

"America’s liberal arts universities have long been safe zones for leftist thinking, protected ivory towers for the pseudo-elite who earn their livings writing papers nobody reads about gender roles in the poetry of Maya Angelou."

Ben Shapiro

"Hence poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are rather of the nature of universals, whereas those of history are singulars."


"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."

Allen Ginsberg

"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."

Franz Kafka

"Poetry is either something that lives like fire inside you –like music to the musician or Marxism to the Communist –or else it is nothing, an empty formalized bore around which pedants can endlessly drone their notes and explanations."


"Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy expresses only a particle of it."

Henry David Thoreau

"I don’t see how poetry can ever be easy… Real poetry, the thick, dense, intense, complicated stuff that lives and endures, requires blood sweat; blood and sweat are essential elements in poetry as well as behind it."

Edward Abbey

"Poetry is the impish attempt to paint the color of the wind."

Maxwell Bodenheim

"An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence."

Raymond Chandler

"Poetry is indispensable –if I only knew what for."

Jean Cocteau

"Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild."

Denis Diderot

"Poetry, like the moon, does not advertise anything."

William Blisset

"Poetry is the universal language which the heart holds with nature and itself. He who has a contempt for poetry, cannot have much respect for himself, or for anything else."

William Hazlitt

"Poetry is perfect verbs hunting for elusive nouns."

J. Patrick Lewis

"The object, Truth, or the satisfaction of the intellect, and the object, Passion, or the excitement of the heart, are, although attainable, to a certain extent, in poetry, far more readily attainable in prose."

Edgar Allan Poe

"Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own."

Dylan Thomas

"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."

Paul Engle

"Poetry, whose material is language, is perhaps the most human and least worldly of the arts, the one in which the end product remains closest to the thought that inspired it."

Hannah Arendt

"Poetry is, above all, an approach to the truth of feeling . . .. A fine poem will seize your imagination intellectually – that is, when you reach it, you will reach it intellectually too, but the way is through emotion, through what we call feeling."

Muriel Rukeyser

"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."

John F. Kennedy

"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."

T.S. Eliot

"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."

Robert Frost

"Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air."

Carl Sandburg

"Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment."

Carl Sandburg

"Poetry is, at bottom, a criticism of life."

Matthew Arnold

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