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A picture is a poem without words.
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 poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears.
The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is, rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
Robert Penn Warren
A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
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 pretty much drink a cup of coffee, write in my journal for a while, and then sit at a computer in my office and torture the keys. My one saving grace as a writer is that, if I'm having trouble with the novel I'm writing, I write something else, a poem or a short story. I try to avoid writer's block by always writing something.
And your very flesh shall be a great poem.
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Our moments of inspiration are not lost though we have no particular poem to show for them; for those experiences have left an indelible impression, and we are ever and anon reminded of them.
Henry David Thoreau
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.
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.'
Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.
The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.
Carol Ann Duffy
I had a dream, in 1985, I believe, when a friend I'd gone to school with was sick - one of the first people I knew who'd gotten the AIDS virus. I had a dream of him in his bedroom with an angel crashing through the ceiling. I wrote a poem called 'Angels in America.' I've never looked at the poem since the day I wrote it.
Poetry is my cheap means of transportation. By the end of the poem the reader should be in a different place from where he started. I would like him to be slightly disoriented at the end, like I drove him outside of town at night and dropped him off in a cornfield.
Arranging a bowl of flowers in the morning can give a sense of quiet in a crowded day - like writing a poem or saying a prayer.
Anne Morrow Lindbergh
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
Every single soul is a poem.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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