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My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Every day we should hear at least one little song, read one good poem, see one exquisite picture, and, if possible, speak a few sensible words.
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A picture is a poem without words.
If you've ever been to a poetry slam, you know that the highest scoring emotion is self-righteous indignation: how dare you judge me. So in that way, the poem, 'What Teachers Make,' is an absolutely formulaic slam poem designed to allow me to get up on my soap box and say, 'Let me tell you what really makes me angry.'
I love rhymes; I love to write a poem about New York and rhyme 'oysters' with 'The Cloisters.' And 'The lady from Knoxville who bought her brassieres by the boxful.' I just feel a sort of small triumph.
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
The genesis of a poem for me is usually a cluster of words. The only good metaphor I can think of is a scientific one: dipping a thread into a supersaturated solution to induce crystal formation. I don't think I solve problems in my poetry; I think I uncover the problems.
Rome was a poem pressed into service as a city.
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
Every now and then I read a poem that does touch something in me, but I never turn to poetry for solace or pleasure in the way that I throw myself into prose.
J. K. Rowling
A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.
Sometimes I feel as if I am read before I write. When I write a poem about my mother, Palestinians think my mother is a symbol for Palestine. But I write as a poet, and my mother is my mother. She's not a symbol.
For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard, not an aria heard.
The fact that The Bridge contains folk lore and other material suitable to the epic form need not therefore prove its failure as a long lyric poem, with interrelated sections.
I have always thought of poems as stepping stones in one's own sense of oneself. Every now and again, you write a poem that gives you self-respect and steadies your going a little bit farther out in the stream. At the same time, you have to conjure the next stepping stone because the stream, we hope, keeps flowing.
History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
Plagiarism has been around far longer than the Internet. In fact, I had a poem published in 'Seventeen' magazine when I was 15 years old. About a year later I was informed that there was a girl who used that same poem to win a statewide poetry competition in Alabama. It took months for people to put together that this had happened.
No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
Booker T. Washington
I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
My favorite poem ever was 'Annabel Lee' by Edgar Allan Poe.
C. S. Lewis
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