poetry quotes

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

Poetry is indispensable - if I only knew what for.Jean Cocteau

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.Jean Cocteau

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.Leonard Cohen

I never really liked poetry readings; I liked to read poetry by myself, but I liked singing, chanting my lyrics to this jazz group.Leonard Cohen

I always thought that poetry is the verdict that others give to a certain kind of writing. So to call yourself a poet is a kind of dangerous description. It's for others; it's for others to use.Leonard Cohen

I wrote things for the school's newspaper, and - like all teenagers - I dabbled in poetry.Stephen Colbert

Poetry: the best words in the best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge

I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.Samuel Taylor Coleridge

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.Samuel Taylor Coleridge