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I do not go in search of poetry. I wait for poetry to visit me.
The great watershed of modern poetry is French, more than English.
I think that one possible definition of our modern culture is that it is one in which nine-tenths of our intellectuals can't read any poetry.
No poetry that I'm aware of, however bad or glorious, has ever left somebody a worse person than they were before they read it.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
Composers need words, but they do not necessarily need poetry. The Russian composer, Aleksandr Mossolov, who chose texts from newspaper small ads, had a good point to make. With revolutionary music, any text can be set to work.
The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry.
You can be intuitive when you've got a more expansive role. You can get into the poetry of telling the story rather than just pushing buttons.
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.
The first function of poetry is to tell the truth, to learn how to do that, to find out what you really feel and what you really think.
I am absolutely convinced that my life was redeemed by poetry.
Poetry is one of the oldest of all art forms, and one of its powers for shamans and tribal leaders was the mnemonic.
You don't have to live in a garage to write great poetry.
Poetry is the most intimate of all writing. I want to speak first from me to myself and then from me to you.
By the general process of epic poetry, I mean the way this form of art has constantly responded to the profound needs of the society in which it was made.
Traditional matter must be glorified, since it would be easier to listen to the re-creation of familiar stories than to quite new and unexpected things; the listeners, we must remember, needed poetry chiefly as the re-creation of tired hours.
Poetry is for me Eucharistic. You take someone else's suffering into your body, their passion comes into your body, and in doing that you commune, you take communion, you make a community with others.
Deals are my art form. Other people paint beautifully on canvas or write wonderful poetry. I like making deals, preferably big deals. That's how I get my kicks.
I think the novel is not so much a literary genre, but a literary space, like a sea that is filled by many rivers. The novel receives streams of science, philosophy, poetry and contains all of these; it's not simply telling a story.
I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all.
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
The voice is raised, and that is where poetry begins. And even today, in the prolonged aftermath of modernism, in places where 'open form' or free verse is the orthodoxy, you will find a memory of that raising of the voice in the term 'heightened speech.'
The lines of poetry, the period of prose, and even the texts of Scripture most frequently recollected and quoted, are those which are felt to be preeminently musical.
A poem in form still has to have voice, gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection, as any poetry does.
Stylized acting and direction is to realistic acting and direction as poetry is to prose.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
C. S. Lewis
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