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W. S. Merwin Quotes

May you find comfort and joy in these encouraging quotes by W. S. Merwin.

Poetry is like making a joke.
If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke,
you've lost the whole thing.
- W. S. Merwin

We are asleep with compasses in our hands.
- W. S. Merwin

Now all my teachers are dead except silence.
- W. S. Merwin

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

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

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

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

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

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

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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

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

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

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 all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

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

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

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

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

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

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

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

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

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

No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results?
- John Barton

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

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an
audience to understand all the nuances.
- Douglas Dunn

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

One will never again look at a birch tree,
after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
- Paul Muldoon

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

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

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

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

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

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

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

The novel is born of disillusionment;
the poem,
of despair.
- Jose Bergamin

The River of Life has no meaning, no good, no bad,
no better, no worse, no love, no hate, no fear, no anger, no joy.
The River of Life has no judgment, no expectation.
The River of Life just IS. There is nothing to do.
There is nothing to say.
There is nothing to think.
There is nothing to feel.
The River just flows. The River is the source of all nourishment -
the source of all obstacles.
The River is the source of all life - the source of all death.
The River is the source of all joy - and the source of all sorrow.
Yet the River has no joy - and the River has no sorrow.
The River is just the River.
One can flow harmoniously with the River -
or one can struggle fearfully against the River -
and the River just flows.
One can accept the River - or one can deny the River -
and the River just flows.
One can worship the River of Life - or one can curse the River of Life -
and the River just flows. There is nothing to do - and the River flows.
There is nothing to say - and the River flows.
There is nothing to think - and the River flows.
There is nothing to feel - and the River flows.
The River flows - and all else is our drama.
The River flows - and all else is our invention.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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

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

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

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

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti


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