• 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.
  • Poetry is a beautiful way of expressing feelings – happy, sad, angry, caring. It’s also a way that we share with other people, to help them with those feelings.
  • Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.
  • Poetry may make us from time to time a little more aware of the deeper, unnamed feelings which form the substratum of our being, to which we rarely penetrate; for our lives are mostly a constant evasion of ourselves.
  • Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.
  • Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.
  • Poetry has been to me its own exceeding great reward; it has given me the habit of wishing to discover the good and beautiful in all that meets and surrounds me.
  • The true spirit of delight, the exaltation, the sense of being more than Man, which is the touchstone of the highest excellence, is to be found in mathematics as surely as poetry.
  • Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it.
  • Poetry is about the grief. Politics is about the grievance.
  • Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar.
  • 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.
  • Poetry is the experience of liberty. The poet risks himself, chances all on the poem’s all with each verse he writes.
  • So, poetry becomes a means for useful dialogue between people who are not only unknown, but mute to each other. It produces a dialogue among people that guards all of us against manipulation by our so-called leaders.
  • Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
  • Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • If I don’t write down a thought – or an image or a line of poetry – the instant it comes to mind, it vanishes, which explains why I have pens and notebooks in my pants and coat pockets, the car, the bicycle basket, on one or two desks in every room including bathrooms and the kitchen.
  • Poetry is that sentiment of the soul, or faculty of the mind, which enables its possessor to appreciate and realize the heights and depths of human experience. It is the power to feel pleasure or suffer pain in all its exquisiteness and intensity.
  • Poetry is the experience of liberty. The poet risks himself, chances all on the poem’s all with each verse he writes.
  • Poetry is always slightly mysterious, and you wonder what is your relationship to it.
  • Poetry and music are very good friends. Like mommies and daddies and strawberries and cream – they go together.
  • Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art.
  • Before people complain of the obscurity of modern poetry, they should first examine their consciences and ask themselves with how many people and on how many occasions they have genuinely and profoundly shared some experience with another.
  • 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.
  • Science arose from poetry… when times change the two can meet again on a higher level as friends.
  • Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.