poetry quotes

If epic poetry is a definite species, the sagas do not fall within it.Lascelles Abercrombie

The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does.Lascelles Abercrombie

That is to say, epic poetry has been invented many times and independently; but, as the needs which prompted the invention have been broadly similar, so the invention itself has been.Lascelles Abercrombie

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.M. H. Abrams

There's one of my new poems actually - is a good example of where my poetry has ended up. My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between Shelley and Dylan Thomas.Robert Adamson

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.Robert Adamson

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.Vicente Aleixandre

Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.A. R. Ammons

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.A. R. Ammons

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.A. R. Ammons

The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.A. R. Ammons

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.A. R. Ammons

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'm not an academic, but I've always loved poetry since I've been small.Naveen Andrews

I wrote some of the worst poetry west from the Mississippi River, but I wrote. And I finally sometimes got it right.Maya Angelou

The poetry you read has been written for you, each of you - black, white, Hispanic, man, woman, gay, straight.Maya Angelou

I liked to write from the time I was about 12 or 13. I loved to read. And since I only spoke to my brother, I would write down my thoughts. And I think I wrote some of the worst poetry west of the Rockies. But by the time I was in my 20s, I found myself writing little essays and more poetry - writing at writing.Maya Angelou

I hardly remember how I started to write poetry. It's hard to imagine what I thought poetry could do.David Antin

While I've had a great distaste for what's usually called song in modern poetry or for what's usually called music, I really don't think of speech as so far from song.David Antin

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.Aristotle