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Many attempts have been made by writers on art and poetry to define beauty in the abstract, to express it in the most general terms, to find some universal formula for it.
My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do.
My old teacher's definition of poetry is an attempt to understand.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
Poetry is the elder sister of history, the mother of language, the ancestress of civilization.
Orson F. Whitney
I don't look on poetry as closed works. I feel they're going on all the time in my head and I occasionally snip off a length.
I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics.
However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
Poetry can't cure cancer, but it can save your life until you die.
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
Frankly, writing poetry for children is plain old fun, and I consider myself blessed to have such a delightful career.
I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.
We all need ways to express ourselves, and poetry is one of mine.
I've always written. When I was in school, the only teacher who ever liked me was my creative writing teacher. I used to enter poetry competitions, and I don't think I ever lost one. So I had the idea for a while of being some kind of poet.
Justin Townes Earle
I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations; and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry.
I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.
Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos.
Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
I realized poetry's the thing that I can do 'cause I can stick at it and work with tremendous intensity.
The irony is, going to work every day became the subject of probably my best poetry.
I'm quite sure that most writers would sustain real poetry if they could, but it takes devotion and talent.
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 other side of it is that, despite all that, people reach out to poetry at the key moments in their lives.
It is a happy thing that there is no royal road to poetry. The world should know by this time that one cannot reach Parnassus except by flying thither.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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