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Poetry comes from the highest happiness or the deepest sorrow.~A. P. J. Abdul Kalam


Happiness Poetry Deepest

Pure mathematics is, in its way, the poetry of logical ideas.~Albert Einstein


Poetry Mathematics Ideas

I am an artist, you understand? For me, a picture is like poetry. When you make art, this is not coming from an intellectual place. It's coming from the deep side of your unconscious, your soul.~Alejandro Jodorowsky


Art Deep Poetry

The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That's what poetry does.~Allen Ginsberg


Poetry World Awareness

Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private.~Allen Ginsberg


Poetry People Mind

I want people to bow as they see me and say he is gifted with poetry, he has seen the presence of the creator.~Allen Ginsberg


Poetry People Me

Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.~Allen Ginsberg


Time Poetry Thinking

Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion, revolution, and the raising of consciousness.~Alice Walker


Poetry Revolution

'Therefore' is a word the poet must not know.~Andre Gide


Poetry Know Word

Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall.~Ani DiFranco


Beauty Poetry Wind

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out... Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.~A. E. Housman


Poetry May Meaning

If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.~A. E. Housman


Poetry Memory Skin

Experience has taught me, when I am shaving of a morning, to keep watch over my thoughts, because, if a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.~A. E. Housman


Morning Experience Poetry

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.~Aaron Neville


Poetry People Want

In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.~Abbas Kiarostami


Poetry Darkness You

Poetry always runs away from you - it's very difficult to grasp it, and every time you read it, depending on your conditions, you will have a different grasp of it. Whereas with a novel, once you have read it, you have grasped it.~Abbas Kiarostami


Time Poetry You

Poetry is above all a concentration of the power of language, which is the power of our ultimate relationship to everything in the universe.~Adrienne Rich


Relationship Power Poetry

The moment of change is the only poem.~Adrienne Rich


Change Poetry Moment

I have not the slightest pretension to call my verses poetry; I write now and then for no other purpose than to relieve depression or to improve my English.~Alfred Nobel


Depression Poetry Purpose

The major poets of New Jersey have all suffered, whether it's Whitman, who lost his job for 'Leaves of Grass,' or William Carlos Williams, who was called a communist, or Ginsberg, whose 'Howl' was prosecuted, or myself. If you practise poetry the way I think it needs to be done, you're going to put yourself in jeopardy.~Amiri Baraka


Myself Poetry Job

I don't write poetry and then strum some chords and then fit the words on top of the chords.~Andrew Bird


Poetry Words Top

Poetry, especially traditional Iranian poetry, is very good at looking at things from a number of different angles simultaneously.~Asghar Farhadi


Good Poetry Looking

I'd like to go back to poetry again. I really, really revere good poetry. It's been my private discipline.~Alice Sebold


Good Poetry Discipline

Serious poetry deals with the fundamental conflicts that cannot be logically resolved: we can state the conflicts rationally, but reason does not relieve us of them.~Allen Tate


Poetry Reason Serious

There is probably nothing wrong with art for art's sake if we take the phrase seriously, and not take it to mean the kind of poetry written in England forty years ago.~Allen Tate


Art Poetry Nothing

I am not ridiculing verbal mechanisms, dreams, or repressions as origins of poetry; all three of them and more besides may have a great deal to do with it.~Allen Tate


Dreams Poetry Great

How does one happen to write a poem: where does it come from? That is the question asked by the psychologists or the geneticists of poetry.~Allen Tate


Poetry Question Happen

I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well.~Andrew Motion


Good Poetry Me

Those who say we should dismantle the role of Poet Laureate altogether, the trick they miss is that being called this thing, with the weight of tradition behind it, and with the association of the Royal family, does allow you to have conversations and to open doors, and wallets, for the good of poetry in a way that nothing else would allow.~Andrew Motion


Family Good Poetry

I had always been literary, in the sense of loving poetry and discovering novels, but I found my voice, as they say, in an office full of elderly people who looked after blind ex-servicemen.~Andrew O'Hagan


Poetry People Voice

Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos.~Andrew Motion


Poetry Football Thanks

Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can't imagine ourselves living without.~A. R. Ammons


Poetry Living Imagine

If we ask a vague question, such as, 'What is poetry?' we expect a vague answer, such as, 'Poetry is the music of words,' or 'Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.'~A. R. Ammons


Music Poetry Words

Probably all the attention to poetry results in some value, though the attention is more often directed to lesser than to greater values.~A. R. Ammons


Poetry Value Values

I am grateful for - though I can't keep up with - the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.~A. R. Ammons


Nature Poetry Grateful

Poetry leads us to the unstructured sources of our beings, to the unknown, and returns us to our rational, structured selves refreshed.~A. R. Ammons


Poetry Unknown Rational

The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.~A. R. Ammons


Poetry Risk Said

That's a wonderful change that's taken place, and so most poetry today is published, if not directly by the person, certainly by the enterprise of the poet himself, working with his friends.~A. R. Ammons


Change Today Poetry

Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.~A. R. Ammons


Poetry Reading Free

Rap is rhythm and poetry. Hip-hop is storytelling and poetry as well.~Ajay Naidu


Poetry Hip-Hop Rhythm

I don't think it's always good to read lots of poetry.~Amber Tamblyn


Good Poetry Think

I often read poetry to 'warm up' before I write.~Amity Gaige


Poetry Warm Up

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.~Anne Stevenson


Poetry Criticism Ignore

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.~Anne Stevenson


Poetry Thinking Feelings

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.~Anne Stevenson


Poetry You Word

I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.~Anne Stevenson


Marriage Myself Poetry

I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were.~Anne Stevenson


Poetry Words Canvas

I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.~Anne Stevenson


Life Family Poetry

I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.~Anne Stevenson


Life Art Poetry

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.~Archibald MacLeish


Life Wisdom Poetry

Journalism is concerned with events, poetry with feelings. Journalism is concerned with the look of the world, poetry with the feel of the world.~Archibald MacLeish


Poetry World Journalism

Journalism wishes to tell what it is that has happened everywhere as though the same things had happened for every man. Poetry wishes to say what it is like for any man to be himself in the presence of a particular occurrence as though only he were alone there.~Archibald MacLeish


Alone Poetry Man

America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?~Azar Nafisi


Poetry Vision America

I see people who talk about America, and then undermine it by not paying attention to its soul, to its poetry. I see polarization, reductionism and superficiality.~Azar Nafisi


Poetry Soul People

I wrote poetry, journals, and, especially, plays for the neighborhood kids to perform. I had an ordinary, happy childhood. Nothing much was going on, but I had fun.~Alex Flinn


Happy Poetry Childhood

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.~Alfred de Musset


Poetry Memorable Three

I did literature at university, so I had a real relationship with poetry, but they don't make many films about the world of a poet.~Alice Eve


Relationship Poetry World

With contemporary poetry having approximately as many fans outside the immediate field as there are devotees of undergoing knee surgery, any sentient, breathing reader who's genuinely interested in poetry... not scared of it... seems a godsend.~Amy Gerstler


Poetry Breathing Fans

I don't like scaring people off. When I tell people I'm a writer, they look kind of interested. Then I tell them that I write poetry, and they think I'm weird.~Amy Gerstler


Poetry People Weird

Most people who write and publish poetry teach or do something else.~Amy Gerstler


Poetry People Teach

Film and TV are the most popular mediums in America. Literature and poetry are possibly the most under-recognized art forms.~Amy Gerstler


Art Poetry America

Lapped in poetry, wrapped in the picturesque, armed with logical sentences and inalienable words.~Anatole Broyard


Poetry Words Logical

Lean your body forward slightly to support the guitar against your chest, for the poetry of the music should resound in your heart.~Andres Segovia


Music Poetry Heart

Conversation may be compared to a lyre with seven chords - philosophy, art, poetry, love, scandal, and the weather.~Anna Jameson


Love Art Poetry

I never had much education in English poetry as such.~Anne Carson


Education Poetry Never

Written poetry is different. Best thing is to see it in performance first, then read it. Performance is more provocative.~Adrian Mitchell


Best Poetry Performance

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.~Adrian Mitchell


Poetry People Ignore

Stadium rock and commercial rock are the opposite of what poetry needs. An audience of around 200 is ideal for poetry.~Adrian Mitchell


Poetry Rock Audience

In these days of our new materialistic Irish state, poetry will have a harder, less picturesque task. But the loss of Yeats and all that boundless activity, in a country where the mind is feared and avoided, leaves a silence which it is painful to contemplate.~Austin Clarke


Silence Poetry Loss

Few realise that English poetry is rather like the British constitution, surrounded by pompous precedents and reverences.~Austin Clarke


Poetry Constitution Like

Reform and exchange in English poetry are as slow as in the British constitution itself.~Austin Clarke


Poetry Constitution Slow

Irish poetry has lost the ready ear and the comforts of recognition. But we must go on. We must be true to our own minds.~Austin Clarke


Poetry Lost Be True

I could no more define poetry than a terrier can define a rat.~Alfred Edward Housman


Poetry Define Rat

Women who are inclined to write poetry at all are inspired by being mad at something.~Amy Clampitt


Women Poetry Mad

Poetry operates by hints and dark suggestions. It is full of secrets and hidden formulae, like a witch's brew.~Anthony Hecht


Poetry Dark Secrets

There's not a good poet I know who has not at the beck and call of his memory a vast quantity of poetry that composes his mental library.~Anthony Hecht


Good Poetry Memory

I wish you would read a little poetry sometimes. Your ignorance cramps my conversation.~Anthony Hope


Poetry Ignorance Wish