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1. "Granted, I'm someone who loves words. I've always loved poetry - so it's suited to me."
Author: Aimee Bender
2. "More people are reading poetry now than at any time in the history of the human race."
Author: Andrew Motion
3. "I am in the middle of it: chaos and poetry; poetry and love and again, complete chaos. Pain, disorder, occasional clarity; and at the bottom of it all: only love; poetry. Sheer enchantment, fear, humiliation. It all comes with love"
Author: Anna Akhmatova
4. "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."
Author: Anne Stevenson
5. "Brisbane is so sleepy, so slatternly, so sprawlingly unlovely… It is simply the most ordinary place in the world…It was so shabby and makeshift … a place where poetry could never occur."
Author: David Malouf
6. "American poetry, like American painting, is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet."
Author: Diane Wakoski
7. "I think rap music is rap music. I mean, are there heavy writing aspects of it? Absolutely. In a sense, is it poetry? Yeah. I've heard that so much, growing up in a house with poetry. But I think people like to use that as a shortcut for who's good and who's not. It's like the word 'lyrical' - 'lyrical' is the worst word in the entire world."
Author: Earl Sweatshirt
8. "Poetry is the deification of reality."
Author: Edith Sitwell
9. "PHOSPHORESCENCE. Now there's a word to lift your hat to... to find that phosphorescence, that light within, that's the genius behind poetry."
Author: Emily Dickinson
10. "Poetry distracts me from going deeper over....the edge. it is rough and shiny like black dazzles,it enhances,your everything. Each moment,every memory, you touch."
Author: Emily H. Sturgill
11. "For my part, if I consider poetry as an object, I maintain that it is born of the necessity of adding a vocal sound (speech) to the hammering of the first tribal music."
Author: Eugenio Montale
12. "Money is everywhere but so is poetry. What we lack are the poets."
Author: Federico Fellini
13. "The house became full of love. Aureliano expressed it in poetry that had no beginning and no end. He would write it on the harsh pieces of parchment that Melquiades gave him, on the bathroom walls, on the skin of his arms, and in all of it Remedios would appear transfigured: Remedios in the soporific air of two in the afternoon, Remedios in the soft breath of the roses, Remedios in the water-clock secrets of the moths, Remedios in the steaming morning bread, Remedios everywhere and Remedios forever."
Author: Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez
14. "Poetry can cause irreparable harm when misapplied"
Author: Gail Carriger
15. "What else is a poem about?The rhythm and the images buried in the language. All the ways you can build an emotion with words, but you can't just write 'I feel sad.' I mean, you can, but it's not poetry... I think it has to be experienced instead of studied. You step into it."
Author: Garret Freymann Weyr
16. "Knowledge is what man is all about. People like you have tried to hold back progress since the beginning of time. But they failed, and you failed. Man needs to know.""Maybe," Sanders said. "But is that the only thing man needs? I don't think so. I think he also needs mystery, and poetry, and romance. I think he needs a few unanswered questions, to make him brood and wonder."
Author: George R.R. Martin
17. "I had to remind myself that Islam had once swept north as far as the gates of Vienna; that when the haggadah had been made, the Muslims' vast empire was the bright light of the Dark Ages, the one place where science and poetry still flourished, where Jews, tortured and killed by Christians, could find a measure of peace."
Author: Geraldine Brooks
18. "A good sentence in prose should be like a good line in poetry, unchangeable, as rhythmic, as sonorous."
Author: Gustave Flaubert
19. "Whatever your life's pursuit -- art, poetry, sculpture, music, whatever your occupation may be -- you can be as spiritual as clergy, always living a life of praise."
Author: Hazrat Inayat Khan
20. "Poetry is man's rebellion against being what he is"
Author: James Branch Cabell
21. "In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets."
Author: James Broughton
22. "He's probably out there in the hallway right now, composing bad poetry in his head." Michi cleared her throat, her voice taking on a breathless lilt:"Pale Fox's Daughter,Her cherry lips haunt my dreams.Something, something, breasts..."
Author: Jay Kristoff
23. "Poetry is a game of loser-take-all."
Author: Jean Luc Godard
24. "He laughed, but his face was unreadable as he looked at her titles. "Ah, a collection from Sir Walter Scott. Very nice, I've always liked his poetry. Sense and Sensibility, but surely you have read this one." She nodded after a moment. "Y-Yes. It is one of my favorites. I only rather liked this binding." He held his gaze on her for a moment and then nodded."
Author: Jess Michaels
25. "Poetry is but another form of inquiry into the nature of phenomena, using with its own unique procedures and tools."
Author: John Barton
26. "To know anything of a poet but his poetry is, so far as the poetry is concerned, to know something that may be entertaining, even delightful, but is certainly inessential."
Author: John Drinkwater
27. "For while the subjects of poetry are few and recurrent, the moods of man are infinitely various and unstable. It is the same in all arts."
Author: John Drinkwater
28. "Poetry had always seemed something I could turn to in need - an emergency exit, a lifebuoy, as well as a justification."
Author: John Fowles
29. "Dreaming is the poetry of Life, and we must be forgiven if we indulge in it a little."
Author: John Galsworthy
30. "Like poetry, fashion does not state anything. It merely suggests"
Author: Karl Lagerfeld
31. "Alex loved books. He was the one who first introduced me to poetry. That's another reason I can't read anymore."
Author: Lauren Oliver
32. "Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads."
Author: Marianne Moore
33. "Poetry is nothing if it exists only in books. One has to find it in one's own life."
Author: Marty Rubin
34. "Real poetry, is to lead a beautiful life. To live poetry is better than to write it."
Author: Matsuo Bashō
35. "Of course, he showed me this one afternoon when he was skipping class. When trolls cut classes, you think they are losers. When the beautiful and/or reasonably erudite do the same thing to sit on the library steps and read poetry, you think they are on to something deep. You see only deep brown wavy hair and strong legs, well honed by years of Ultimate Frisbee. You see that book of T. S. Eliot poems held by the hand with the long, graceful fingers, and you never stop to think that it shouldn't take half a semester to read one book of poems... that maybe he is not so much reading as getting really high every morning and sleeping it off on the library steps, forcing the people who actually go to class to step or trip over him."
Author: Maureen Johnson
36. "Laughter, on the other hand, " Petrarch went on, "is an explosion that tears us away from the world and throws us back into our own cold solitude. Joking is a barrier between man and the world. Joking is the enemy of love and poetry. That's why I tell you yet again, and you want to keep in mind: Boccaccio doesn't understand love. Love can never be laughable. Love has nothing in common with laughter."
Author: Milan Kundera
37. "When you depart from standard usage, it should be deliberate and not an accidental lapse. Like a poet who breaks the rules of poetry for creative effect, this only works when you know and respect the rule you are breaking. If you have never heard of the rules you are breaking, you have no right to do so, and you are likely to come off like a buffoon or a barbarian. Breaking rules, using slang and archaic language can be effective, but it is just as likely to give you an audience busy with wincing."
Author: N.D. Wilson
38. "[Eroticism is] the poetry of the body, the testimony of the senses. Like a poem, it is not linear, it meanders and twists back on itself, shows us what we do not see with our eyes, but in the eyes of our spirit. Eroticism reveals to us another world, inside this world. The senses become servants of the imagination, and let us see the invisible and hear the inaudible."
Author: Octavio Paz
39. "...No song, no peace, no poetry, no end of days, and no forgetting."
Author: Patricia A. McKillip
40. "The moon people do not eat by swallowing food but by smelling it. Their money is poetry - actual poems, written out on pieces of paper whose value is determined by the worth of the poem itself."
Author: Paul Auster
41. "But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me."
Author: Peter Davison
42. "What was love, really? Flowers, chocolate, and poetry? Or was it something else? Was it being able to finish someone's jokes? Was it having absolute faith that someone was there at your back? Was it knowing someone so well that they instantly understood why you did the things you did—and shared those same beliefs?"
Author: Richelle Mead
43. "Poetry can be dangerous, especially beautiful poetry, because it gives the illusion of having had the experience without actually going through it."
Author: Rumi
44. "I was always making up rhymes. But I never thought that poetry would become my life."
Author: Saul Williams
45. "They call it poetry, what she feels with her mouth closed. By his."
Author: Self
46. "As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines."
Author: Thomas B. Macaulay
47. "There's a poetry to it, engineer's poetry…it suggests Haverie—average, you know—certainly you have two lobes, don't you, symmetrical about the rocket's intended azimuth…hauen, too-smashing someone with a hoe or a club…" off on a voyage of his own here, smiling at no one in particular, bringing in the popular wartime expression ab-hauen, quarterstaff technique, peasant humor, phallic comedy dating back to the ancient Greeks…Slothrop's first impulse is to get back to what that Plas is into, but something about the man, despite obvious membership in the plot, keeps him listening…an innocence, maybe a try at being friendly in the only way he has available, sharing what engages and runs him, a love for the Word."
Author: Thomas Pynchon
48. "He says his aim is poetry. One does not aim at poetry with pistols. At poets, perhaps."
Author: Tom Stoppard
49. "What can be explained is not poetry."
Author: W.B. Yeats
50. "At any time, and under any circumstances of human interest, is it not strange to see how little real hold the objects of the natural world amid which we live can gain on our hearts and minds? We go to Nature for comfort in trouble, and sympathy in joy, only in books. Admiration of those beauties of the inanimate world, which modern poetry so largely and so eloquently describes, is not, even in the best of us, one of the original instincts of our nature."
Author: Wilkie Collins

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