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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.
In the past, poetry came in the form of spells and chants used to effect change.
My father loved poetry and music. But deep in himself he thought teaching the finest thing a person could do.
Distinctly American poetry is usually written in the context of one's geographic landscape, sometimes out of one's cultural myths, and often with reference to gender and race or ethnic origins.
I have always wanted what I have now come to call the voice of personal narrative. That has always been the appealing voice in poetry. It started for me lyrically in Shakespeare's sonnets.
I teach a lecture course on American poetry to as many as 150 students. For a lot of them, it's their only elective, so this is their one shot. They'll take the Russian Novel or American Poetry, so I want to give them the high points, the inescapable poets.
I started out as a writer. Poetry and prose and also kind of satirical David Sedaris-esque stuff.
It's necessary to start most work alone. But I'm tickled to death when I can pull somebody in or join someone, whether it's borrowing poetry or traveling with an associate.
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
In my opinion, the most significant works of the twentieth century are those that rise beyond the conceptual tyranny of genre; they are, at the same time, poetry, criticism, narrative, drama, etc.
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.
Poetry is the elder sister of history, the mother of language, the ancestress of civilization.
Orson F. Whitney
I love painting and music, of course. I don't know nearly as much about them as I know about poetry. I've certainly been influenced by fiction. I was overwhelmed by War and Peace when I read it, and I didn't read it until I was in my late 20s.
If there's no money in poetry, neither is there poetry in money.
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.
My obsession with time informs my poetry so completely it is hard for me to summarize it. We want time to pass, for new things to happen to us, we want to hold on to certain moments, we don't want our lives to end.
I'm not an academic, but I've always loved poetry since I've been small.
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.
Children seem naturally drawn to poetry - it's some combination of the rhyme, rhythm, and the words themselves.
I look for poetry in English because it's the only language I read.
Otherwise I don't read much adult poetry at all, because I'm not smart enough and mostly I don't get it.
For whatever reason, people, including very well-educated people or people otherwise interested in reading, do not read poetry.
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
A. E. Housman
I go to the gym, do some martial arts, and I love poetry. I have a tattoo of my family crest, and another on my back that says 'The Road Not Taken,' which is a poem by Robert Frost.
Steven R. McQueen
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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