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Quotations about Poetry


Poetry, the timeless art of weaving words into profound tapestries of emotion, thought, and imagination, has been a cornerstone of human expression since time immemorial. It speaks to the depths of the human soul, transcending the boundaries of culture, age, and language. From sonnets singing of love's sweet torment to free verse crying out against social injustices, poetry embodies the myriad facets of the human experience in ways that no other art form can.

The following compilation of funny quotations explores the rich universe of poetry. These words, drawn from the wellspring of wisdom offered by poets, critics, and lovers of the written word, delve into the essence of poetry, the process of creation, and the transformative power of a well-crafted verse. They serve as an invitation to discover the beauty, the pain, the wisdom, and the magic that lie within the world of poetry. Whether you're a seasoned poet, a budding writer, or an avid reader, these quotations will resonate, inspire, and deepen your appreciation of the poetic realm.

quotations about poetry

"I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything." Steven Wright (American comedian, 1955-)

"Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese." G. K. Chesterton (English poet, 1874-1936)

"To convey one's mood in seventeen syllables is very diffic." John Cooper Clarke (English poet, 1949-) talking about haikus

"Haikus are easy.
But sometimes they don't make sense.
Refrigerator." Anon

"Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman." Virginia Woolf (English novelist, 1882-1941)

"Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness." Alice Walker (novelist, 1944-)

"The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth." Jean Cocteau (French dramatist and film director, 1889-1963)

"A poem is never finished, only abandoned." Paul Valery (French poet, 1871-1945)

"If you cannot be a poet, be the poem." David Carradine (American actor, 1936-2009)

"Poetry: the best words in the best order." Samuel Taylor Coleridge (English poet, critic, and philosopher, 1772-1834)

"Therefore is a word the poet must not know." Andre Gide (French novelist and critic, 1869-1951)

"One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose." Voltaire (French writer and philosopher, 1694-1778)

"Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal." T. S. Eliot (American-born British poet, 1888-1965)

"I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down." Robert Frost (American poet, 1874-1963)

"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo." Don Marquis (American poet and journalist, 1878-1937)

"My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something." Groucho Marx (American film comedian, 1890-1977)

"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling." Oscar Wilde (Irish dramatist and poet, 1854-1900)

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