Poetry Quotes

I know nothing in the world that has as much power as a word. Sometimes I write one, and I look at it, until it begins to shine. -Emily Dickinson

If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry. Emily Dickinson

The smell of ink is intoxicating to me — others may have wine, but I have poetry. -Terri Guillemets

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things. -T.S. Eliot

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. -T. S. Eliot

I take as metaphysical poetry that in which what is ordinarily apprehensible only by thought is brought within the grasp of feeling, or that in which what is ordinarily only felt is transformed into thought without ceasing to be feeling. -T.S. Eliot

Ever drifting down the stream- Lingering in the golden gleam- Life, what is it but a dream? -Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking Glass