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Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.
It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
Carol Ann Duffy
Poetry can't cure cancer, but it can save your life until you die.
The first thing I tried to do in the months after losing my mother was to write a poem. I found myself turning to poetry in the way so many people do - to make sense of losses. And I wrote pretty bad poems about it. But it did feel that the poem was the only place that could hold this grief.
Translation is an interestingly different way to be involved both with poetry and with the language that I've found myself living in much of the time. I think the two feed each other.
Music has a poetry of its own, and that poetry is called melody.
As a schoolboy, poetry seemed defined by preciousness. It was all very rarefied.
By definition, poetry works with qualities and dynamics that mainstream society is reluctant to face head-on. It's an interesting phenomenon that by necessity, poetry is just below the radar.
It is the province of poetry to be more realistic and present than the artificial narratives of an outer discourse, and not afraid of the truthful difficulty of the average human life.
As for political poetry, as it's usually defined, it seems there's very little good political poetry.
If you go into a bar in most places in America and even say the word poetry, you'll probably get beaten up. But poetry is a really strong, beautiful form to me, and a lot of innovation in language comes from poetry.
Poetry was one of the things that interested me most as I was growing up. I used to write it in my head all the time. I still think the very greatest pleasure in life is to write a poem.
Conventional wisdom notwithstanding, there is no reason either in football or in poetry why the two should not meet in a man's life if he has the weight and cares about the words.
Prose talks and poetry sings.
I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff.
The idea that myth is the opposite of knowledge, or the opposite of truth, is simply to disallow it. It is like saying poetry is the opposite of truth.
If our hearts are ready for anything, we are touched by the beauty and poetry and mystery that fill our world.
Bleak House is just the most astounding piece of work. There's huge, visionary poetry in it.
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
There is no gender to my music. There's no male or female voice, no trite lyrics or poetry. It's much more abstract, so it lives with you longer.
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
A. E. Housman
On a summer night it can be lovely to sit around outside with friends after dinner and, yes, read poetry to each other. Keats and Yeats will never let you down, but it's differently exciting to read the work of poets who are still walking around out there.
And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
C. S. Lewis
John F. Kennedy
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