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I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal, and history only the particular.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Written poetry is worth reading once, and then should be destroyed. Let the dead poets make way for others. Then we might even come to see that it is our veneration for what has already been created, however beautiful and valid it may be, that petrifies us.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is the view that poetry should improve your life. I think people confuse it with the Salvation Army.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Proper names are poetry in the raw. Like all poetry they are untranslatable.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A verbal art like poetry is reflective; it stops to think. Music is immediate, it goes on to become.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
I cannot accept the doctrine that in poetry there is a suspension of belief. A poet must never make a statement simply because it is sounds poetically exciting; he must also believe it to be true.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The mystic purchases a moment of exhilaration with a lifetime of confusion; and the confusion is infectious and destructive. It is confusing and destructive to try and explain anything in terms of anything else, poetry in terms of psychology.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
A man of eighty has outlived probably three new schools of painting, two of architecture and poetry and a hundred in dress.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Romance like a ghost escapes touching; it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Grace is always natural, though that does not prevent its being often used to hide a lie. The rude shocks and uncomfortably constraining influences of life disappear among graceful women and poetical men; they are the most deceptive beings in creation; distrust and doubt cannot stand before them; they create what they imagine; if they do not lie to others, they do to their own hearts; for illusion is their element, fiction their vocation, and pleasures in appearance their happiness. Beware of grace in woman, and poetry in man -- weapons the more dangerous because the least dreaded!More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
We read poetry because the poets, like ourselves, have been haunted by the inescapable tyranny of time and death; have suffered the pain of loss, and the more wearing, continuous pain of frustration and failure; and have had moods of unlooked-for release and peace. They have known and watched in themselves and others.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Civilization is a stream with banks. The stream is sometimes filled with blood from people killing, stealing, shouting and doing the things historians usually record, while on the banks, unnoticed, people build homes, make love, raise children, sing songs, write poetry and even whittle statues. The story of civilization is the story of what happened on the banks. Historians are pessimists because they ignore the banks for the river.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry --That is a life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Only poetry inspires poetry.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Painting was called silent poetry and poetry speaking painting.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is no gilding of setting sun or glamour of poetry to light up the ferocious and endless toil of the farmers wives.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Superstition is the poetry of life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The poetry from the eighteenth century was prose; the prose from the seventeenth century was poetry.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The essence of poetry is will and passion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
You will not find poetry anywhere unless you bring some of it with you.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Sentiment is the poetry of the imagination.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
If poetry is like an orgasm, an academic can be likened to someone who studies the passion-stains on the bedsheets.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
There is only beauty -- and it has only one perfect expression -- poetry. All the rest is a lie --except for those who live by the body, love, and, that love of the mind, friendship. For me, Poetry takes the place of love, because it is enamored of itself, and because its sensual delight falls back deliciously in my soul.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The blood jet is poetry and there is no stopping it.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
With me poetry has not been a purpose, but a passion.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
No good poetry is ever written in a manner twenty years old, for to write in such a manner shows conclusively that the writer thinks from books, convention and clich, not from real life.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
For a long time I found the celebrities of modern painting and poetry ridiculous. I loved absurd pictures, fanlights, stage scenery, mountebanks backcloths, inn-signs, cheap colored prints; unfashionable literature, church Latin, pornographic books badly spelt, grandmothers novels, fairy stories, little books for children, old operas, empty refrains, simple rhythms.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Science is for those who learn, poetry is for those who know.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Painting is silent poetry and poetry spoken, painting.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Everything is complicated; if that were not so, life and poetry and everything else would be a bore.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
The cloning of humans is on most of the lists of things to worry about from science, along with behavior control, genetic engineering, transplanted heads, computer poetry and the unrestrained growth of plastic flowers.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Philosophy offers the rather cold consolation that perhaps we and our planet do not actually exist; religion presents the contradictory and scarcely more comforting thought that we exist but that we cannot hope to get anywhere until we cease to exist. Alcohol, in attempting to resolve the contradiction, produces vivid patterns of Truth which vanish like snow in the morning sun and cannot be recalled; the revelations of poetry are as wonderful as a comet in the skies -- and as mysterious. Love, which was once believed to contain the Answer, we now know to be nothing more than an inherited behavior pattern.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Love is the poetry of the senses.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Words are always getting conventionalized to some secondary meaning. It is one of the works of poetry to take the truants in custody and bring them back to their right senses.More [01/01/2000 12:01:00]
Young Noah: [raising fists in air] Dad! Uh... I stammered!
Frank: Stammered, stuttered... what's the difference. You couldn't understand a damn thing he said.
[Allie laughing]
Frank: Anyway I got him to read some poetry aloud and pretty soon his stuttering went away.
Young Allie: Well that's a good idea that poetry.More [07/13/2005 12:07:00]
Boris Lermontov: How would you define ballet, Lady Neston?
Lady Neston: Well, one might call it the poetry of motion perhaps, or...
Boris Lermontov: One might. But for me it is a great deal more. For me it is a religion. And one doesn't really care to see one's religion practised in an atmosphere... such as this.More [07/29/2005 12:07:00]
Armande Voizin: [reading poetry to Luc] Perfectly wretched, isn't it?
Luc Clairmont: Perfectly.More [09/22/2005 12:09:00]
“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.”More [10/19/2006 12:10:00]
Mary Jane Watson: [sees Peter Parker approach her] Oh... you.
Peter Parker: Listen, I'm sorry, but there was a disturbance.
Mary Jane Watson: I don't know you and I can't keep thinking about you. It's too painful.
Peter Parker: I've been reading poetry lately.
Mary Jane Watson: Whatever that means.
Peter Parker: Day by day he gazed upon her, Day by day he sighed with passion, Day by day...
Mary Jane Watson: [Interrupts Parker] Don't start.More [03/18/2007 12:03:00]
Elizabeth Bennet: And that put paid to it. I wonder who first discoverd the power of poetry in driving away love?
Mr. Darcy: I thought that poetry was the food of love.
Elizabeth Bennet: Of a fine stout love, it may. But if it is only a vague inclination I'm convinced one poor sonnet will kill it stone dead
Mr. Darcy: So what do you recommend to encourage affection?
Elizabeth Bennet: Dancing. Even if one's partner is barely tolerable.More [04/25/2007 12:04:00]
Nobody: That weapon will replace your tongue. You will learn to speak through it. And your poetry will now be written with blood.More [06/13/2007 12:06:00]
[on the reason for the success of 'Dracula(1931)']
Bela Lugosi: They were mythic. They had a poetry to them.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: Yes.
Bela Lugosi: And you know what else? The women... the women preferred the traditional monsters.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: The women? Huh?
Bela Lugosi: The pure horror, it both repels, and attracts them, because in their collective unconsiousness, they have the agony of childbirth. The blood. The blood is horror.
Edward D. Wood, Jr.: You know, I never thought of that.
Bela Lugosi: Take my word for it. If you want to make out with a young lady, take her to see "Dracula".More [06/13/2007 12:06:00]
The Wizard: He did not care any more... life and death... the same. Only that the crowd would be there to greet him with howls of lust and fury. He began to realize his sense of worth... he mattered. In time, his victories could not easily be counted... he was taken to the east, a great prize, where the war masters would teach him the deepest secrets. Language and writing were also made available, the poetry of Khitai, the philosophy of Sung; and he also came to know the pleasures of women, when he was bred to the finest stock. But, always, there remained the discipline of steel.More [07/12/2007 12:07:00]
“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.”More [08/07/2007 12:08:00]
“If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.”More [08/07/2007 12:08:00]
John Keating: We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play *goes on* and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?More [08/22/2007 12:08:00]
[after hearing "The Introduction to Poetry"]
John Keating: Excrement! That's what I think of Mr. J. Evans Pritchard! We're not laying pipe! We're talking about poetry. How can you describe poetry like American Bandstand? "I like Byron, I give him a 42 but I can't dance to it!"More [08/22/2007 12:08:00]
Diego Rivera: There was this skinny kid with these eyebrows shouting up at me, "Diego, I want to show you my paintings!" But, of course, she made me come down to her, and I did, and I've never stopped looking. But I want to speak about Frida not as her husband, but as an artist. I admire her. Her work is acid and tender... hard as steel... and fine as a butterfly's wing. Loveable as a smile... cruel as... the bitterness of life. I don't believe... that ever before has a women put such agonized poetry on canvas.
Frida Kahlo: [as she's brought into the gallery] Shut up, panzon. Who died?More [11/30/2007 12:11:00]
Sonny Valerio: "If a warrior's head were to be suddenly cut off, he should still be able to perform one more action with certainty." What the fuck does that mean?
Ray Vargo: It's poetry. The poetry of war.More [12/16/2007 12:12:00]
Colonel Robert G. Shaw: [writing to his mother, telling her that he seen his first negroes amongst those fleeing the south] We fight for men and women whose poetry is not yet written but which will presently be as enviable and as renowned as any.More [12/24/2007 12:12:00]
When Allen's work came into the world it really shocked everyone because his poetry comes from a very seductive place.More [12/25/2007 12:12:00]
Edward Wilson: And, yet, a certain word, a glance, a guise, will mirror, never show, reflecting not my gaze, but my uncertain question caught inside a shadow of our shifting eyes.
Dr. Fredericks: That really is quite elegant, Mr. Wilson. Good order, very precise, feeling of the unknown. Fine poetry is the music of mathematics, numbers, singing. You have to look behind the words to understand their meaning.More [01/01/2008 12:01:00]
A grain of poetry suffices to season a century.More [03/04/2008 12:03:00]

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