poetry quotes

As for how criticism of Keats' poetry relates to criticism of my own work, I'll leave that for others to decide.Jane Campion

I have to admit that I had a lot of problems with poetry.Jane Campion

And, I mean, I think poetry does need to be met to some extent, especially, I guess, 19th century poetry, and for me, it's just been so worth the effort. It's like I'm planting a garden in my head.Jane Campion

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.David Carradine

I never had much education in English poetry as such.Anne Carson

When you're writing fiction or poetry... it really comes down to this: indifference to everything except what you're doing... A young writer could do worse than follow the advice given in those lines.Raymond Carver

Poetry is a sort of homecoming.Paul Celan

An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.Raymond Chandler

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heart-felt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.Edwin Hubbel Chapin

Why should poetry have to make sense?Charlie Chaplin

All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.Gilbert K. Chesterton

You don't have to suffer to be a poet; adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.John Ciardi

Poetry lies its way to the truth.John Ciardi

Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something.Amy Clampitt

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry, and that's a mistake. One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.Lucille Clifton

Poetry is a matter of life, not just a matter of language.Lucille Clifton

I'd always loved poetry and I'd always loved writing music and composing music, but I hadn't thought of putting the two together until around that time.Bruce Cockburn

The poet doesn't invent. He listens.Jean Cocteau

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.Jean Cocteau

A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.Jean Cocteau