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World Poetry Day – 21 March

  • “Don’t use the phone. People are never ready to answer it. Use poetry.” ― Jack Kerouac
  • “Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.” ― Leonardo da Vinci
  • Prose = words in their best order;Poetry = the best words in the best order. – Samuel Taylor Coleridge
  • Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary.– Kahlil Gibran
  • Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. – Thomas Gray
  • Poetry is the deification of reality. – Edith Sitwell
  • A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.– Yevgeny Yentushenko
  • Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. – T. S. Eliot
  • Poetry is what is lost in translation. It is also what is lost in interpretation.– Robert Frost
  • “Years of love have been forgot, in the hatred of a minute.” — Edgar Allen Poe
  • “Faith is the bird that feels the light when the dawn is still dark.” — Rabindranath Tagore
  • “Perhaps when we find ourselves wanting everything, it is because we are dangerously close to wanting nothing.” — Sylvia Plath
  • “An artist must be free to choose what he does, certainly, but he must also never be afraid to do what he might choose.” — Langston Hughes
  • “Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.” ― G.K. Chesterton, Alarms and Discursions
  • “My turn shall also come: I sense the spreading of a wing.”― Osip Mandelstam, The Selected Poems
  • “Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.” ― Novalis
  • “I don’t care what you say to me. I care what you share with me.” ― Santosh Kalwar, Quote Me
  • “Love, the poet said, is woman’s whole existence.” ― Virginia Woolf, Orlando
  • “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things.” ― Rainer Maria Rilke
  • “Poetry is just so emo.” he said. “Oh, the pain. The pain. It always rains. In my soul.” ― John Green, Paper Towns
  • “you
    not wanting me
    was
    the beginning of me
    wanting myself
    thank you” ― Nayyirah Wahee
  • “The poetry of the earth is never dead.” ― John Keats
  • If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all.– John Keats
  • Not deep the poet sees, but wide. – Matthew Arnold
  • To find beauty in ugliness is the province of the poet. – Thomas Hardy
  • Everything you invent is true: you can be sure of that. Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry. – Gustave Flaubert
  • Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal but which the reader recognizes as his own. – Salvatore Quasimodo
  • There are two ways of disliking poetry. One way is to dislike it, and the other is to read Pope. – Oscar Wilde
  • In the house of poetry nothing endures that is not written with blood to be heard with blood. – Pablo Neruda
  • You will never be alone with a poet in your pocket. – John Adams
  • If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. – Emily Dickinson
  • As a poet I would say everything should be able to come into a poem but I can’t put toothbrushes in a poem. I really can’t. – Sylvia Plath
  • Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. – Carl Sandburg
  • Poetry is life distilled. – Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Painting is silent poetry, poetry is eloquent painting. – Simonides