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In response to a critic who asked:
'That looks like prose not poetry, what's your distinction?'
William said:
'It's poetry because I say it's poetry.'
View quotes by William Carlos Williams

You don't go after poetry, you take what comes. [Maybe that explains the lack of decent poetry in recent years then!]
View quotes by Phyllis Gotlieb

Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.
View quotes by Aristotle

'Good poetry does not exist merely for the sake of itself, but rather, is a byproduct of yearning and growth; great poetry canonizes that yearning for the growth of others.'
View quotes by Bryant McGill

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people
View quotes by Adrian Mitchell

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

The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.
View quotes by David Hare

If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money
View quotes by Robert Graves

Dancing is the poetry of the foot.
View quotes by John Dryden

You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you
View quotes by Joseph Joubert

Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
View quotes by Marianne Moore

Rap is poetry set to music. But to me it's like a jackhammer.

View quotes by Bette Midler

The poetry of bricks and mortar
View quotes by Horace Greeley

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
View quotes by John Cage

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
View quotes by John Keats

Superstition is the poetry of life.
View quotes by Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
View quotes by Robert Frost

I have nothing to say and I am saying it and that is poetry (Lecture on nothing, 1961)
View quotes by John Cage

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.
View quotes by William C Bryant

Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.
View quotes by David Hare



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