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Top 20 Poetry Quotations

Written by: Danielle Hollister

Explore the meaning of poetry and the motivation of poets with this special collection of evocative quotations...


  1. "A poet is someone who is astonished by everything."
    -- Anonymous


  2. "Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry."
    -- Georges Brague


  3. "The poet doesn't invent. He listens. "
    --Jean Cocteau


  4. " 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."
    -- Paul Dirac


  5. " Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood."
    -- T. S. Eliot


  6. "The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem."
    -- Ralph Waldo Emerson


  7. " There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it."
    -- Gustave Flaubert


  8. "A poem begins with a lump in the throat. "
    --Robert Frost


  9. " Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement."
    -- Christopher Fry


  10. " There's no money in poetry, but there's no poetry in money, either."
    -- Robert Ranke Graves


  11. " Poetry is to hold judgment on your soul."
    -- Henrik Ibsen


  12. " When power narrows the areas of man's concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of his existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses."
    -- John F. Kennedy


  13. "Perhaps no person can be a poet, or can even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of mind."
    --Thomas Babington Macaulay


  14. "The poem is the point at which our strength gave out. "
    --Richard Rosen


  15. " Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know."
    -- Joseph Roux


  16. "Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world. "
    --Percy Byshe Shelley


  17. "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket. "
    --Charles Simic


  18. "A poem is never finished, only abandoned. "
    --Paul Valéry


  19. " Poetry is the music of the soul, and, above all, of great and feeling souls."
    -- Voltaire


  20. "Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge."
    -- William Wordsworth


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