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Ooh, it's too embarrassing to share my innermost romantic secrets - although I have written Danielle the odd poem. If anything they are more comedic than romantic. They used to be well-received but that was before she started studying Shakespeare at drama college. Now I feel so inept.
Only truthful hands write true poems. I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Like a pianist runs her fingers over the keys, I'll search my mind for what to say. Now, the poem may want you to write it. And then sometimes you see a situation and think, 'I'd like to write about that.' Those are two different ways of being approached by a poem, or approaching a poem.
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
A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
I was in juvenile detention center, and I was in Rikers Island. And there was an anthology written by the inmates called 'The Pen,' and I - you know, I had a crush on a girl, and she left me when I was incarcerated. And I found this poem in this anthology that talked about having your heart broken and being incarcerated.
The figure a poem makes. It begins in delight and ends in wisdom... in a clarification of life - not necessarily a great clarification, such as sects and cults are founded on, but in a momentary stay against confusion.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
I thought I'd begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine.
A so-called happy marriage corresponds to love as a correct poem to an improvised song.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
'Safe Harbor' is a state of mind... it's the place - in reality or metaphor - to which one goes in times of trouble or worry. It can be a friendship, marriage, church, garden, beach, poem, prayer, or song.
I write some country music. There's a song called 'I Hope You Dance.' Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.
I have never started a poem yet whose end I knew. Writing a poem is discovering.
A poem is a naked person... Some people say that I am a poet.
The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Ordering a man to write a poem is like commanding a pregnant woman to give birth to a red-headed child.
The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old. It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
E. M. Forster
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
Manipulating shadows and tonality is like writing music or a poem.
Peace goes into the making of a poem as flour goes into the making of bread.
I don't think writers are sacred, but words are. They deserve respect. If you get the right ones in the right order, you can nudge the world a little or make a poem which children will speak for you when you're dead.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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