What Is Poetry? Quotes

Poetry is frosted fire. ~J. Patrick Lewis, www.jpatricklewis.com

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. ~Khalil Gibran

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. ~Percy Shelley, A Defence of Poetry

Poetry is a packsack of invisible keepsakes. ~Carl Sandburg

Poetry is man’s rebellion against being what he is. ~James Branch Cabell

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement. ~Christopher Fry

Poetry is reverie on paper. ~Terri Guillemets, “Quiet time with my soul,” 1998

Poetry is life distilled. ~Gwendolyn Brooks

Poetry is the tunnel at the end of the light. ~J. Patrick Lewis, www.jpatricklewis.com

Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. ~Carl Sandburg, Poetry Considered

Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes. ~Author unknown

Poetry is the energy of the soul made ink. ~Terri Guillemets, “Lust & creativity,” 1995

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. ~Edgar Allan Poe

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. ~Carl Sandburg

Poetry is impassioned truth. ~Ebenezer Elliott

Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth by calling imagination to the help of reason. ~Samuel Johnson

Imaginary gardens with real toads in them. ~Marianne Moore, “Poetry”

Poetry,—the language of the Imagination and the Passions,—the oldest and most beauteous offspring of Literature. ~Frederick Hinde, Poetry, a lecture delivered in London on the evening of April 8, 1858

Poetry is the breath and finer spirit of all knowledge. ~William Wordsworth

All-pervading spirit to the ear
Blended with the movings of the soul
~James G. Percival, “Poetry,” c.1822 [a little altered –tg]