Poetry Quotes

I play with language a great deal in my poems, and I enjoy that. I try to condense language, that is, I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible. But that doesn’t mean the poems are simple, just that they are as truthful as I can make them. -Anne Stevenson

I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas. -Anne Stevenson

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly. -Anne Stevenson

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties. -Anne Stevenson

Still round the corner there may wait
A new road or a secret gate
And though I oft have passed them by
A day will come at last when I
Shall take the hidden paths that run
West of the Moon, East of the Sun. -J.R.R. Tolkien

I write lustily and humorously. It isn’t calculated; it’s the way I think. I’ve invented a writing style that expresses who I am. -Erica Jong

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet. -Plato

I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean ~Socrates

There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it. -Gustave Flaubert

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that. Poetry is as precise as geometry. -Gustave Flaubert

A poet never takes notes. You never take notes in a love affair -Robert Frost