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I am absolutely convinced that my life was redeemed by poetry.
You don't have to live in a garage to write great poetry.
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
I wanted to write poetry almost a little more than I wanted to eat.
I did not have a very literary background. I came to poetry from the sciences and mathematics, and also through an interest in Japanese and Chinese poetry in translation.
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 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.
Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers.
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.
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.
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.
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 a kid, I loved 'Godot' because of the poetry and the humor and the strangeness, but then as you get older, it's much more resonant.
I think poetry's always a kind of faith. It is the kind that I have.
I want to be the best advocate and promoter for poetry that I can be.
In high school I was very much involved in poetry. You cannot read a poem quickly. There's too much going on there. There are rhythms and alliterations. You have to read poetry slow, slow, slow to absorb it all.
Eugene H. Peterson
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.
If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
A glance at the history of European poetry is enough to inform us that rhyme itself is not indispensable. Latin poetry in the classical age had no use for it, and the kind of Latin poetry that does rhyme - as for instance the medieval 'Carmina Burana' - tends to be somewhat crude stuff in comparison with the classical verse that doesn't.
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.
Instead of trying to come up and pontificate on what literature is, you need to talk with children, to teachers, and make sure they get poetry in the curriculum early.
There are distinct duties of a poet laureate. I plan a reading series at the Library of Congress and advise the librarian. The rest is how I want to promote poetry.
As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
As a schoolboy, poetry seemed defined by preciousness. It was all very rarefied.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
John F. Kennedy
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