Poetry Quotes: Praise & Passion

Truth shines the brighter, clad in verse. ~Alexander Pope

Poetry… simple, sensuous and passionate. ~John Milton, “Of Education. To Mr. Samuel Hartlib,” c.1650

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman. ~Wallace Stevens, Opus Posthumous, 1957

Poets’ Pens, pluckt from Archangels’ wings. ~John Davies of Hereford (c.1565–1618)

Spirit of Verse! in deepest reverence
I bow before thine ever-glorious shrine;
Thee I have loved with passion most intense;
And though I feel thy meeds can ne’er be mine,
Yet may I pour one low and gentle line…
~Charles Swain, “Poesy,” in The Literary Magnet, June 1826

How happy it made her! And what beautiful things these poets always thought of and said! ~S.J. Adair Fitz-Gerald (1859–1925), The Zankiwank & The Bletherwitch, 1896