Poets on poetry

On this last day of Poetry Month, here are 10 quotes about poetry to keep you going for the next 11 months.

Jack Prelutsky, my daughter's favorite

“In the novel you get the journey. In a poem you get the arrival.” —May Sarton

“I could no more define poetry than a terrier can a rat, but I thought we both recognized the object by the symptoms which it provokes in us.” —A.E. Housman

“Of the many definitions of poetry, the simplest is still the best: ‘memorable speech.'” —W.H. Auden

“A poet is not something you become; a poet is something you are.” —Jack Prelutsky

“How to write a poem? Carve a rock you love down to its essence–but keep a weather eye out for crystals of surprise.” —Kay Kidde

“Poetry is what Milton saw when he went blind.” —Don Marquis

“A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.” —Jean Cocteau

“Poetry. I like to think of it as statements made on the way to the grave.” —Dylan Thomas

“Poetry today is easier to write but harder to remember.” –Stanley Kunitz

“Poet: Lofty synonym for ‘blockhead.'” —Gustave Flaubert

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4 thoughts on “Poets on poetry

  1. Jenny says:

    I also like these:

    Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Kahlil Gibran

    Imaginary gardens with real toads in them. ~Marianne Moore’s definition of poetry, “Poetry,” Collected Poems, 1951

    Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.
    ~ Leonardo da Vinci

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