Top 620 Poetry Quotes

Poetry Quotes: Illuminating the Beauty of Words

The Language of the Soul

Poetry is a magical form of expression that transcends the boundaries of language, capturing the essence of emotions, experiences, and the beauty of the world around us. It is a dance of words, a symphony of imagery, and a gateway to the depths of the human soul. In this article, we celebrate the power of poetry and present a collection of enchanting quotes that reflect the profound impact of poetic verse.

Poetry has the ability to evoke emotions, provoke thoughts, and transport us to realms beyond our imagination. It distills the complexities of life into moments of clarity, offering solace, inspiration, and a deeper understanding of the human experience. Through poetry, we find solace in times of sorrow, hope in moments of despair, and the courage to embrace the full spectrum of our emotions.

Words that Sing: Quotes that Capture the Essence of Poetry

Throughout history, poets and literary figures have articulated the transformative nature of poetry and its ability to touch hearts and minds. Their words resonate with the magic, musicality, and power of poetic expression. Below, we present a collection of captivating poetry quotes that invite us to savor the beauty of language, embrace our creativity, and explore the depths of our own poetic souls.

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs: only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
Howard Nemerov
Poetry is an art, the easiest to dabble in, but the hardest to reach true excellence.
John Gabriel Stedman
I think the novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it’s not simply telling a story.
Jose Saramago
That is what I did with Jack, and that’s why he liked to do the readings with me because he knew I was there for him, and for our ability to blend the poetry and the music.
David Amram
I think that’s what poetry does. It allows people to come together and identify with a common thing that is outside of themselves, but which they identify with from the interior.
Diane Wakoski
Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.
Robert Frost
I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, to philosophy, ay, to life itself than this incessant business.
Henry David Thoreau
Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn’t. I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.
Jack Prelutsky
I cannot speak for more than an hour exclusively about poetry. At that point, life itself takes over again.
Wislawa Szymborska
Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one’s geographic landscape, sometimes out of one’s cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
Diane Wakoski
A lyric, it is true, is the expression of personal emotion, but then so is all poetry, and to suppose that there are several kinds of poetry, differing from each other in essence, is to be deceived by wholly artificial divisions which have no real being.
John Drinkwater
I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.
Azar Nafisi
I wrote some bad poetry that I published in North African journals, but even as I withdrew into this reading, I also led the life of a kind of young hooligan.
Jacques Derrida
Only in dreams, in poetry, in play do we sometimes arrive at what we were before we were this thing that, who knows, we are.
Julio Cortazar
Narrative art, the novel, from Murasaki to Proust, has produced great works of poetry.
Eugenio Montale
I don’t think Auden liked my poetry very much, he’s very Anglican.
Stevie Smith
It’s not easy to define poetry.
Bob Dylan
I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now.
Norman MacCaig
Reality only reveals itself when it is illuminated by a ray of poetry.
Georges Braque
I don’t think of poetry as a ‘rational’ activity but as an aural one. My poems usually begin with words or phrases which appeal more because of their sound than their meaning, and the movement and phrasing of a poem are very important to me.
Margaret Atwood
I’m quite a softy, yes. I have a blank spot with respect to visual art, but I have perhaps a compensating hypersensitivity to poetry and music.
Richard Dawkins
A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
Oscar Wilde
Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.
Alice Walker
Poetry should help, not only to refine the language of the time, but to prevent it from changing too rapidly.
T. S. Eliot
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
Phyllis McGinley
Poetry proceeds from the totality of man, sense, imagination, intellect, love, desire, instinct, blood and spirit together.
Jacques Maritain
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
W. H. Auden
And if they haven’t got poetry in them, there’s nothing you can do that will produce it.
Norman MacCaig
And yet, in a culture like ours, which is given to material comforts, and addicted to forms of entertainment that offer immediate gratification, it is surprising that so much poetry is written.
Mark Strand
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Moore
Some say they see poetry in my paintings; I see only science.
Georges Seurat
If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame y

If your daily life seems poor, do not blame it; blame yourself that you are not poet enough to call forth its riches; for the Creator, there is no poverty.
Rainer Maria Rilke
Writing poetry makes you intensely conscious of how words sound, both aloud and inside the head of the reader. You learn the weight of words and how they sound to the ear.
Helen Dunmore
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore. I picked up a volume of Dickinson’s poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
Gordon Getty
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
Octavio Paz
Poetry is the lens we use to interrogate the history we stand on and the future we stand for.
Amanda Gorman
No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
John Barton
It’s just poetry, beauty and love. How hard can that be to act?
Robin Wright
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren
However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can’t be much to it.
James Schuyler
Granted, I’m someone who loves words. I’ve always loved poetry – so it’s suited to me.
Aimee Bender
A novel is a work of poetry. In order to write it, one must have tranquility of spirit and of impression.
Fyodor Dostoevsky
One: whose shoulders do you stand on? And two: what do you stand for? These are two questions that I always begin my poetry workshops with students because at times, poetry can seem like this dead art form for old white men who just seem like they were born to be old, like, you know, Benjamin Button or something.
Amanda Gorman
I don’t think it’s always good to read lots of poetry.
Amber Tamblyn
It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
John Drinkwater
Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.
Archibald MacLeish
However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence, there can’t be much to it.
James Schuyler
Otherwise I don’t read much adult poetry at all, because I’m not smart enough and mostly I don’t get it.
Jack Prelutsky
To me, art begets art. Painting feeds the eye just as poetry feeds the ear, which is to say that both feed the soul.
Susan Vreeland
America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?
Azar Nafisi
The poetry of heroism appeals irresistibly to those who don’t go to a war, and even more to those whom the war is making enormously wealthy. It’s always so.
Louis-Ferdinand Celine
I wrote The Green Eye of the Little Yellow God in five hours, but I had it all planned out. It isn’t poetry and it does not pretend to be, but it does what it sets out to do.
J. Milton Hayes
We are supposed to write poetry to keep the gods alive.
Jim Harrison
I’ve always written. There’s a journal which I kept from about 9 years old. The man who gave it to me lived across the street from the store and kept it when my grandmother’s papers were destroyed. I’d written some essays. I loved poetry, still do. But I really, really loved it then.
Maya Angelou
Any healthy man can go without food for two days – but not without poetry.
Charles Baudelaire
The whole thing about making films in an organic film on location is that it’s not all about characters, relationships and themes, it’s also about place and the poetry of place. It’s about the spirit of what you find, the accidents of what you stumble across.
Mike Leigh
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you’ll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
Jim Jarmusch
It takes most men five years to recover from a college education, and to learn that poetry is as vital to thinking as knowledge.
Brooks Atkinson
Listening to music and lyrics and watching movies, I think, uses a lot of the same muscles we use in reading and experiencing poetry – and yet we somehow forget that we have those when it comes to sitting down with a book of poems.
Tracy K. Smith
One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.