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Japanese Poetry Quotes


"What you feel in Japanese poetry is always entirely longing." - Robert Bly

"There is no hierarchy in Japanese Buddhist poetry." - Robert Bly

"Only poetry inspires poetry." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"I'm fascinated by Japanese cuisine." - Eric Ripert

"The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry." - Lafcadio Hearn

"All poetry is experimental poetry." - Wallace Stevens

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

"I didn't choose poetry: poetry chose me." - Philip Larkin

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

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

"Perhaps there is an idea among Japanese students that one general difference between Japanese and Western poetry is that the former cultivates short forms and the latter longer ones, gut this is only in part true." - Lafcadio Hearn

"Poetry can magnify experience." - May Swenson

"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

"Poetry contains nothing haphazard." - William Empson

"Poetry makes nothing happen." - W H Auden

"I love romantic poetry." - Richard Dawkins

"I read mostly poetry." - Joshua Sasse

"Poetry = Anger x Imagination" - Sherman Alexie

"I believe, the Japanese film industry must be open." - Hiroyuki Sanada

"I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation." - Robert Morgan

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

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

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

"Explanations are such cheap poetry." - Stephen King

"Let yourself become living poetry." - Rumi

"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

"History is the new poetry." - Thomas Carlyle

"Poetry is an abstraction bloodied." - Wallace Stevens

"Music is poetry with personality," - Ross Lynch

"The cliche is dead poetry." - Gerald Brenan

"I often imagine that the longer he studies English literature the more the Japanese student must be astonished at the extraordinary predominance given to the passion of love both in fiction and in poetry." - Lafcadio Hearn

"I've got lots of weird illustrations of me from Japanese fans." - Jamie Bell

"The Japanese banks are not having an easy time as they once had." - David Rockefeller

"God bless the universe, God bless Japanese, Chinese, Indians, all of them, and let's have peace." - Mickey Rooney

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

"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 the memory of language" - Jacques Roubaud

"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

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

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

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

"Adjectives are the potbelly of poetry." - W H Auden

"Writing poetry after Auschwitz is barbaric." - Theodor Adorno

"Poetry must be simple, sensuous, or impassioned." - Emma Lazarus

"One must read poetry with one's nerves." - Wallace Stevens

"No one ever expects poetry to sell." - Alan Lightman

"Is not poetry the food of love?" - Jane Austen

"I see poetry as spiritual medicine." - Mahmoud Darwish

"As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines." - Thomas Babington Macaulay

"After a full belly all is poetry." - Frank Mccourt

"Poetry is a sort of homecoming." - Paul Celan

"Poetry lies its way to the truth." - John Ciardi

"Poetry is composing for the breath." - Peter Davison

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." - Oscar Wilde

"People compose poetry, novels, sitcoms - for love." - Helen Fisher

"Poetry comes alive to me through recitation." - Natalie Merchant

"Personality is everything in art and poetry." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Superstition is the poetry of life." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Poetry is nothing but healthy speech." - Henry David Thoreau

"Poetry is when you talk to yourself." - William Hughes Mearns

"The truest poetry is the most feigning." - William Shakespeare

"Poetry is the overflowing of the Soul." - Henry Theodore Tuckerman

"Poetry is good for unleashing images." - Paula Rego

"It's not easy to define poetry." - Bob Dylan

"Poetry is what gets lost in translation." - Robert Frost

"Poetry is what makes my toenails twinkle." - Dylan Thomas

"Prose is walking; poetry is flying" - Galway Kinnell

"It is true that short forms of poetry have been cultivated in the Far East more than in modern Europe; but in all European literature short forms of poetry are to be found - indeed quite as short as anything in Japanese." - Lafcadio Hearn

"If you call painting dumb poetry, the painter may call poetry blind painting." - Leonardo Da Vinci

"The advantage of poetry over life is that poetry, if it is sharp enough, may last." - Louise Glu?ck

"In the earliest ages science was poetry, as in the latter poetry has become science." - James Russell Lowell

"The advantage of poetry over life is that poetry, if it is sharp enough, may last." - Louise Glu

"There's real poetry in the real world. Science is the poetry of reality" - Richard Dawkins

"The advantage of poetry over life is that poetry, if it is sharp enough, may last." - Louise Gluck

"The things we fear about poetry are the things that are good about poetry." - Jake Adam York

"Poetry must be human. If it is not human, it is not poetry." - Vicente Aleixandre

"I have always loved American poetry, which is very different from Irish poetry." - Eavan Boland

"Poetry has roots, but they are sometimes cut off and still poetry is written." - Shirley Geok-lin Lim

"Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable." - W H Auden

"Our poetry in the eighteenth century was prose; our prose in the seventeenth, poetry." - Augustus Hare

"Prose - it might be speculated - is discourse; poetry ellipsis. Prose is spoken aloud; poetry overheard." - Joyce Carol Oates

"I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry." - Norman Maccaig

"...the trouble with poetry is that it encourages the writing of more poetry..." - Billy Collins

"But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me." - Peter Davison

"Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody." - Joshua Logan

"Poetry, just because it is poetry, doesn't mean it is some kind of magic spell." - Franz Wright

"Show me one wicked man who has written poetry, and I will show you where his poetry is not poetry; or, rather, I will show you in his poetry no poetry at all." - Elizabeth Sara Sheppard

"My life was very Japanese." - Bryan Clay

"In Japan, I was immensely impressed by the politeness, industrious nature and conscientiousness of the Japanese people." - J Paul Getty

"I think generally the Japanese players have more intensity in practice but generally I do the same things." - Arsene Wenger

"I read poetry every day. I love the boiled down essence of poetry. I look for poetry in prose. In a way that evocative." - Andre Dubus

"Poetry is poetry, and one's objective as a poet is to achieve poetry precisely as one's objective in music is to achieve music." - Wallace Stevens

"There are three good things in this world. One is to read poetry, another is to write poetry, and the best of all is to live poetry." - Rupert Brooke

"Poetry creates the myth, the prose writer draws its portrait." - Jean-Paul Sartre

"Poetry is the tunnel at the end of the light." - J. Patrick Lewis

"The act of making poetry is an act of hope." - Natasha Trethewey

"I keep trying to define poetry, but its so difficult." - Jack Gleeson

"Superstition is part of the poetry of life." - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

"Only that is poetry which cleanses and mans me." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Poetry and art are the breath of life to her." - Edith Wharton

"Poetry is not truth, it is the resurrection of presences." - Octavio Paz

"I make no distinction between poetry and painting." - Joan Miro

"Only poetry or madness could do justice to the noises..." - H P Lovecraft

"If society abolishes poetry it commits spiritual suicide." - Octavio Paz

"It is good sometimes for poetry to disenchant us." - Robert Hass

"When I say 'God' it is poetry and not theology" - John Haynes Holmes

"Music and art and poetry attune the soul to God." - Thomas Merton

"The poetry of fashion lies in the creation of illusion" - Coco Chanel

"Poetry is a sky dark with a wild-duck migration." - Carl Sandburg

"Poetry is a kinetic arrangement of static syllables." - Carl Sandburg

"Anyone who sees the realism in Lynch truly understand poetry!" - Armond White

"My brain hums with scraps of poetry and madness." - Virginia Woolf

"Poetry has been the longest pleasure of my life." - Shirley Hazzard

"Poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history." - Plato

"Only in Russia poetry is respected-it gets people killed." - Osip Mandelstam



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