“Poetry is…” Quotes

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. ~Plato

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. ~William Hazlitt

Poetry is creative; to be a poet is to remake the universe. ~Alexandre Vinet (1797–1847)

Poetry is perfect verbs hunting for elusive nouns. ~J. Patrick Lewis, www.jpatricklewis.com

Poetry is a perfectly reasonable means of overcoming chaos. ~I.A. Richards (1893–1979)

Poetry is the overflowing of the soul. ~Henry T. Tuckerman, “Bryant,” Thoughts on the Poets, 1850

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash. ~Leonard Cohen

Poetry is not always words. ~Terri Guillemets, “Moonglow over the mountain,” 1991

Poetry is more than verse-making, more than the jingle of words, more than the sing-song of meter…. Without poetry, life is a tread-mill; a veil of tears; a dreary waste. ~Author unknown, c.1895 [possibly Silas X. Floyd –tg]

Poetry is combat — soul versus world. ~Terri Guillemets, “Soul verses,” 1994

Poetry is found in various shapes,
As vital or mental the mixture takes,
Or roundness or sharpness passion awakes…
~H.W. Jeffree, Life: An Epic, “Book IV,” written 1861, revised 1874

Poetry is nobody’s business except the poet’s, and everybody else can [f*@%] off. ~Philip Larkin

poetry is flitting butterfly words
leaving inky spots on fragile papery wings
~Terri Guillemets