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Samuel Prout Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by Samuel Prout.

Poetry does not consist of words alone;
there must be sentiment and fancy,
combination and arrangement.
- Samuel Prout

If a man is called to be a street sweeper,
he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted,
or Beethoven composed music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.
He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts
of heaven and earth will pause to say,
here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.
- Martin Luther King, Jr. PHOTO

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

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 is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that.
Poetry is as precise as geometry.
- Gustave Flaubert

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Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

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

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

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

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -
but not without poetry.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings,
and making music with them.
- Dennis Gabor

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

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
- Marianne Moore

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
- Joseph Joubert

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

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

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

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money,
either.
- Robert Graves

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
- Carl Sandburg

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
- Thomas Gray

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

You don't help people in your poems.
I've been trying to help people all my life -
that's my trouble.
- Charles Olson

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery

A poem is true if it hangs together.
Information points to something else.
A poem points to nothing but itself.
- E. M. Forster

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
- Richard Rosen

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

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved,
the inquisition might have let him alone.
- Thomas Hardy

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

No poems can please for long or live that are written by water drinkers.
- Horace

I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

The River of Life flows without emotion.
The River surges. The River quiets.
The River overflows its banks. The River dries to a trickle.
The River swirls and storms. The River becomes calm.
The River runs clear. The River runs dark with silt.
The River is indifferent to what benefit
or what harm is caused by its water.
The River is the River, and that is all there is to it.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message,
an advent of sense.
- Thomas Harrison

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence,
there can't be much to it.
- James Schuyler

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally,
in the end, pleasure.
- Mark Strand

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose
petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis


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