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Haiku Poetry Quotes


"Haiku is a particularly Zen form of poetry; for Zen detests egoism in the form of calculated effects or self-glorification of any sort. The author of haiku should be absent, and only the haiku present." - Anne Bancroft

"To me, photography is not just a visual art, but something closer to poetry - or at least to some poetry, such as the haiku." - Frank Horvat

"The love of nature is religion, and that religion is poetry; these three things are one thing. This is the unspoken creed of haiku poets." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"Only poetry inspires poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Real haiku is the soul of poetry. Anything that is not actually present in one's heart is not haiku. The moon glows, flowers bloom, insects cry, water flows. There is no place we cannot find flowers or think of the moon. This is the essence of haiku. Go beyond the restrictions of your era, forget about purpose or meaning, separate yourself from historical limitations-there you will find the essence of true art, religion, and science." - Santoka Taneda

"All poetry is experimental poetry." - Wallace Stevens

"Haiku is an art that seems dedicated to making people pay attention to the preciousness and particularity of every moment of existence. I think that poetry can do that." - Robert Hass

"There is but one poetry,-true poetry." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Zen is poetry; poetry is Zen." - Reginald Horace Blyth

"religion is poetry, - poetry is religion." - Marie Corelli

"Protest poetry - could there be consensus poetry?" - William Edgar

"I've seen people twitter in haiku only." - Biz Stone

"Poetry can magnify experience." - May Swenson

"Poetry gets to be the poetry of life by successfully becoming first the poetry of poetry." - John Hollander

"Poetry should describe itself, and always be simultaneously poetry and the poetry of poetry." - Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

"We all scribble poetry." - Homer

"The poetry of speech." - Lord Byron

"Poetry is mostly hunches." - John Ashbery

"Poetry dovetails contradictions." - Marilyn Hacker

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"It's history. It's poetry." - J D Salinger

"Poetry is devil's wine." - Saint Augustine

"Patriarchal Poetry makes mistakes." - Gertrude Stein

"The poetry is myself." - Gwendolyn Brooks

"Poetry contains nothing haphazard." - William Empson

"Painting is silent poetry." - Plutarch

"Poetry cannot be translation" - Samuel Johnson

"Recent Poetry, p. 226" - Randall Jarrell

"Language is fossil Poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry makes nothing happen." - W H Auden

"Poetry is God's work." - Katy Lederer

"Wine is bottled poetry." - Robert Louis Stevenson

"I love romantic poetry." - Richard Dawkins

"I read mostly poetry." - Joshua Sasse

"Poetry is life distilled." - Gwendolyn Brooks

"Poetry = Anger x Imagination" - Sherman Alexie

"The author of haiku should be absent, and only the haiku present." - Anne Bancroft

"Some of my pictures are poem-like in the sense that they are very condensed, haiku-lik. There are others that, if they were poetry, would be more like Ezra Pound. There is a lot of information in most of my pictures, but not the kind of information you see in documentary photography. There is emotional information in my photographs." - Sally Mann

"The similarity between Van Gogh, Haiku poetry, and good photography is the concern for mortality. That things are very fleeting, that there are people who are more sensitive to death than others. The threat of time is of great concern to them. And the camera is a very appropriate instrument for many." - Dennis Stock

"Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Truth is poetry; it is the grandest poetry." - Edwin Hubbel Chapin

"Poetry - even bad poetry - may be our final hope." - Edward Abbey

"I don't believe in tame poetry. . . . Poetry busts guts." - Frank Stanford

"The romantic poetry is a progressive universal poetry." - Friedrich Schlegel

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry painting that speaks." - Simonides of Ceos

"Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks." - Plutarch

"American poetry is a mess. Long live American poetry." - David Biespiel

"Only poetry can address grief." - Starhawk

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

"Explanations are such cheap poetry." - Stephen King

"Poetry is the Devil's wine." - Saint Augustine

"All poetry comes from repetition." - Kenneth Koch

"I'm only interested in poetry." - Charles Bukowski

"There's no preparation for poetry." - Charles Simic

"... poetry is fired by love ..." - Erica Jong

"Poetry to me is prayer ..." - Anne Sexton

"Poetry is not a luxury." - Audre Lorde

"Poetry is a dangerous gift ..." - Grace Aguilar

"Poetry is the ultimate democracy." - Brendan Kennelly

"When power corrupts, poetry cleanses" - John F Kennedy

"In poetry, only emotion endures." - X. J. Kennedy

"I have been eating poetry." - Mark Strand

"There's no preparation for poetry." - Charles Simic

"Poetry is talking on tiptoe." - George Meredith

"I continue to explore poetry." - Vivek Shraya

"Slogan-making is not poetry." - Ernesto Cardenal

"History is the new poetry." - Thomas Carlyle

"Poetry is an abstraction bloodied." - Wallace Stevens

"I like to write poetry." - Rebecca Ferguson

"Prose talks and poetry sings." - Franz Grillparzer

"Music is poetry with personality," - Ross Lynch

"Poetry is a mug's game." - T S Eliot

"The cliche is dead poetry." - Gerald Brenan

"The haiku lets meaning float; the aphorism pins it down." - Mason Cooley

"Having examined three thousand haiku poems - two persimmons." - Masaoka Shiki

"The language of politics is poetry, not prose. Jackson is poetry. Cuomo is poetry. Dukakis is a word processor." - Richard M. Nixon

"I began writing poetry when I was about 10. Bad poetry, but you start with bad poetry." - Jonas Mekas

"What has always attracted me in life is poetry. Any genre can have poetry. For me, poetry contains truth." - Jean Marais

"Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing." - James Tate

"Poetry...the deepest abyss of infinity." - Sally-Ann Roberts

"Wine is poetry in a bottle." - Clifton Fadiman

"Our best history is still poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Who, except the poets, reads poetry?" - Babette Deutsch

"Solitude is an essential element of poetry." - Mieczyslaw Jastrun

"Poetry can cause irreparable harm when misapplied" - Gail Carriger

"Poetry cannot be defined, only experienced" - Christopher Logue

"Poetry is the mysticism of mankind." - Henry David Thoreau

"Habit has a kind of poetry." - Simone De Beauvoir

"Poetry is what is gained in translation." - Joseph Brodsky

"Poetry is a means of redemption." - Wallace Stevens

"Wine is bottled poetry, he thinks." - Erin Morgenstern

"It is poetry that changes everything." - Bell Hooks

"The poetry of country music will survive." - Rodney Crowell

"Poetry cannot take sides except with life." - Stephen Spender

"Beer is prose. Wine is poetry." - Jennifer Rosen

"Eloquence is the poetry of prose." - William Cullen Bryant

"The poetry of earth is never dead." - John Keats

"The real thing creates its own poetry." - Anzia Yezierska

"Poetry is what makes the invisible appear." - Nathalie Sarraute

"Poetry is prose in slow motion." - Nicholson Baker

"Science is the poetry of reality." - Richard Dawkins

"Poetry is the enemy of the poem." - Stanley Kunitz

"Poetry cannot breathe in the scholar's atmosphere." - Henry David Thoreau

"She lives the poetry she cannot write." - Oscar Wilde

"Poetry should only occupy the idle." - Lord Byron

"Poetry is the language of feeling." - William Winter

"History after all is the true poetry." - Thomas Carlyle

"Deprivation is the mother of poetry." - Leonard Cohen

"Poetry is an orphan of silence." - Charles Simic

"Poetry is a life-cherishing force." - Mary Oliver

"Poetry increases the feeling for reality." - Wallace Stevens

"Mad Ireland hurt you into poetry." - W H Auden

"Hymns are the poetry of the people." - John Betjeman

"I hate French poetry. What measured glitter!" - Israel Zangwill

"Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination." - Alphonse De Lamartine

"Poetry is a break for freedom." - David Whyte

"Everything since Homer has improved, except poetry." - Giacomo Leopardi

"Poetry is emotion recollected in tranquillity." - William Wordsworth

"Poetry gave me back my voice." - Maya Angelou

"Drink wine, drink poetry, drink virtue." - Charles Baudelaire

"Dancing is poetry with arms and legs." - Charles Baudelaire

"It's beautiful, it's poetry in motion." - Joe Teti

"Poetry and prayer are very similar" - Carol Ann Duffy

"The secret of poetry is cruelty." - Jon Anderson

"Poetry is the eloquence of verse." - William C Bryant

"Poetry helps my soul escape its encasement." - Maya Angelou

"Poetry is evidently a contagious complaint." - Washington Irving

"Poetry is the breath of beauty." - Leigh Hunt

"poetry is where the language is renewed." - Margaret Atwood

"Poetry is fact given over to imagery." - Rod Mckuen

"Poetry is the apotheosis of sentiment." - Madame De Stael

"Poetry is a presentiment of the truth." - Anna Kamienska

"Poetry is the memory of language" - Jacques Roubaud

"Poetry gives you permission to feel." - James Autry

"More people write poetry than read it." - George Carlin

"Poetry is a religion with no hope." - Jean Cocteau

"I really came to literature through poetry." - Cheryl Strayed

"Poetry - poiesis means a thing made." - Anne Carson

"I'm interested in the poetry of reality." - Christophe Lemaire

"Poetry is the disease of the brain." - Alfred De Vigny

"Poetry is a search for the inexplicable." - Wallace Stevens

"A horse is poetry in motion." - Anonymous

"To write poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric." - Theodor Adorno

"Slang is a poor-man's poetry." - John Moore

"Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination." - Ella Baker

"The crown of literature is poetry." - Matthew Arnold

"Science sees signs; Poetry the thing signified." - Augustus Hare

"... poetry, 'The Cinderella of the Arts." - Harriet Monroe

"Poetry is a kind of ingenious nonsense." - Isaac Newton

"Eroticism cannot be entirely revealed without poetry." - Georges Bataille



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