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Yeats Poetry Quotes


"Earth, receive an honored guest; William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry." - W H Auden

"Earth, receive an honored guest: William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry." - W H Auden

"Earth receive an honoured guest: William Yeats is laid to rest. Let the Irish vessel lie Emptied of its poetry." - W H Auden

"All poetry is experimental poetry." - Wallace Stevens

"I am talking about poetry. It's like that line from [John] Yeats: I go back to "where all the ladders start/ In the foul rag and bone shop of the heart."" - Robert Hass

"I read as much poetry as time allows and circumstance dictates: No heartache can pass without a little Dorothy Parker, no thunderstorm without W. H. Auden, no sleepless night without W. B. Yeats." - J Courtney Sullivan

"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

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

"In Drumcliff churchyard Yeats is laid." - William Butler Yeats

"Yeats was 18th-century oratory, almost." - Seamus Heaney

"Poetry is frosted fire." - J. Patrick Lewis

"All poetry is misrepresentation." - Jeremy Bentham

"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

"Poetry keeps longing alive." - Robert Bly

"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

"I didn't want to be like Yeats; I wanted to be Yeats." - John Berryman

"I think that great poetry is the most interesting and complex use of the poet's language at that point in history, and so it's even more exciting when you read a poet like Yeats, almost 100 years old now, and you think that perhaps no one can really top that." - Diane Wakoski

"On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there." - Michael Cunningham

"But I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry." - Chinua Achebe

"I liked Yeats! That wild Irishman. I really loved his love of language, his flow. His chaotic ideas seemed to me just the right thing for a poet. Passion! He was always on the right side. He may be wrongheaded, but his heart was always on the right side. He wrote beautiful poetry." - Chinua Achebe

"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 is painting that speaks." - Plutarch

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

"If food is poetry, is not poetry also food?" - Joyce Carol Oates

"I have a bit of a love affair with fairy tales and some of the ideas of Irish mythology, like Oscar Wilde and W.B. Yeats, who captured a lot of that very beautifully." - Hozier

"Only poetry can address grief." - Starhawk

"Poetry is language in orbit." - Seamus Heaney

"Explanations are such cheap poetry." - Stephen King

"Let yourself become living poetry." - Rumi

"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

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

"Poetry is the scholar's art." - Wallace Stevens

"I like to write poetry." - Rebecca Ferguson

"I love to write poetry." - Shayne Ward

"Music is poetry with personality," - Ross Lynch

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

"The cliche is dead poetry." - Gerald Brenan

"In the 1970s, for example, I found myself learning to relish the poetry of Andrew Marvell and Sir Thomas Wyatt, and getting a handle on poetry of plainer speech than I had dwelt with heretofore. Which led me into a new appreciation of middle [William Butler ] Yeats, of the short three-beat line and forward-driving syntax, and that paid in, in turn, to a poem like Casualty in Field Work. The traffic, however, was usually the other way. My teaching was animated by what I was reading and being excited by as a poet." - Adam Kirsch

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

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

"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes." - Philibert Joseph Roux

"Poetry is an act of peace." - Pablo Neruda

"Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes." - Carl Sandburg

"You can't write poetry on the computer." - Quentin Tarantino

"Poetry fettered fetters the human race." - William Blake

"Poetry is prose, bent out of shape." - J. Patrick Lewis

"Poetry, therefore, we will call Musical Thought." - Thomas Carlyle

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

"Made poetry a mere mechanic art." - William Cowper

"Why then we should drop into poetry." - Charles Dickens

"The finest poetry was first experience." - Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Gently touching with the charm of poetry." - Lucretius

"Old-fashioned poetry, but choicely good." - Izaak Walton

"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

"I find I cannot exist without Poetry" - John Keats

"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

"Poetry makes people nervous. Especially in schools." - Sarah Kay

"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 a necessity of life," - C.D. Wright

"There can be no poetry after Auschwitz." - Theodor Adorno

"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

"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

"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



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