Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
I've read a lot of war writing, even World War I writing, the British war poetry of Wilfred Owen and Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves's memoir 'Goodbye to All That', and a civilian memoir, 'Testament of Youth', by Vera Brittain.
Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat.
There are certain things in which mediocrity is not to be endured, such as poetry, music, painting, public speaking.
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.
Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
The business of the poet is not to find new emotions, but to use the ordinary ones and, in working them up into poetry, to express feelings which are not in actual emotions at all.
When I was in college, I really liked poetry. I don't read much anymore.
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.
When I started writing poetry, it was always in very hip-hop influenced spaces: Someone would teach a Nas song side-by-side with a Gwendolyn Brooks poem, and we'd talk about the connections between those things.
Poetry — quotes and aphorisms
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Ye stars! which are the poetry of heaven!
There is no Frigate like a book to take us lands away nor any coursers like a page of prancing Poetry.
Listen, real poetry doesn't say anything; it just ticks off the possibilities. Opens all doors. You can walk through any one that suits you.
Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things.
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
I can't understand Urdu, Bahasa or Russian, but when the Pakistani Faiz, the Indonesian Rendra and the Russian Rosdentvensky declaim, I can feel the living throb of rhythm and music, the warmth and passion of their poetry, as do the hundreds, not a mere roomful, of poetry lovers in the audience.
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.
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
As human beings, we are the only organisms that create for the sheer stupid pleasure of doing so. Whether it's laying out a garden, composing a new tune on the piano, writing a bit of poetry, manipulating a digital photo, redecorating a room, or inventing a new chili recipe — we are happiest when we are creating.