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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.
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
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
A. E. Housman
I liked painting and drawing, and I liked humanities mainly - poetry, literature - this speculative attitude toward life.
Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have.
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
So now I have a collection of poetry by Aaron Neville and I give it to people I want to share it with. I'd like to publish it someday.
I'd never really been content with just churning out these slim volumes every three or four years. I've always tried to think of poetry as an active ingredient in the language rather than just something that appears between the covers of thin books.
And how can poetry stand up against its new conditions? Its position is perfectly precarious.
John Crowe Ransom
Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
I'm as much influenced by Joseph Smith and the Mormons as I am, more so, than by Eliot. Actually, I'm much more influenced by the poetry of the Mormons.
And at least in poetry you should feel free to lie. That is, not to lie, but to imagine what you want, to follow the direction of the poem.
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.
And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.
It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
Poetry is composing for the breath.
Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
From my music training, I knew that, some Spanish rhythms apart, 5/4 is a time signature used only in the modern era. Holst's Mars from the Planets is 5/4. But if you speak lines of poetry in that pattern you just end up hitting the off-beats. It's only when you add a rest - a sixth beat - that it sounds as it surely should sound.
Poetry brings all possible experience to the same degree: a degree in the consciousness beyond which the consciousness itself cannot go.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
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