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Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge. ...
by Aime Cesaire

Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.
- Aime Cesaire

Reason, I sacrifice you to the evening breeze.
- Aime Cesaire

It is no use painting the foot of the tree white,
the strength of the bark cries out from beneath the paint.
- Aime Cesaire

I have a different idea of a universal.
It is of a universal rich with all that is particular,
rich with all the particulars there are,
the deepening of each particular, the coexistence of them all.
- Aime Cesaire

 

There are certain pursuits which,
if not wholly poetic and true,
do at least suggest a nobler and finer
relation to nature than we know.
The keeping of bees, for instance.
- Henry David Thoreau

A garden must combine the poetic and he mysterious
with a feeling of serenity and joy.
- Luis Barragan

Great buildings that move the spirit have always been rare.
In every case they are unique, poetic,
products of the heart.
- Arthur Erickson

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You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh,
vital and free, modern and poetic when you don't...
you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother's son.
- Witold Gombrowicz

A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life
is the only life worth living.
- James Broughton

Most of my life I have played a lot of famous people
but most of them were dead so you have a poetic license.
- Christopher Plummer

In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value,
this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates
a sort of accompaniment to the signified.
- Roman Jakobson

There is nothing more poetic and terrible than the
skyscrapers' battle with the heavens that cover them.
- Federico Garcia Lorca

What's better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual
work? I think they complement each other.
- Manuel Puig

Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence,
carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous
things and thus an outline of methodology.
- Jacques Derrida

It has often been observed that the repercussion of
poetic language on prose language can be considered
a decisive cut of a whip.
- Eugenio Montale

As to the pure mind all things are pure,
so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments.
It is much more poetic than that.
- Pat Metheny

There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.
- Evelyn Waugh

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

The poetry of this one is called philosophical,
of that one philological, of a third rhetorical,
and so on.
Which is then the poetic poetry?
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

I have never considered myself a poet.
I have no interest in poetic artistry.
- Muhammad Iqbal

Some of the poetic writers who insert passages of realism
in their texts have no underlying philosophy to uphold them,
and revert to realism.
- Marguerite Young

If the poet has pursued a moral objective,
he has diminished his poetic force.
- Charles Baudelaire

A novelist has a specific poetic license which also applies to his own life.
- Jerzy Kosinski

No one could ad lib like Peter.
You would think that it was all scripted,
he was so poetic, but it wasn't.
- Barbara Walters

As to London we must console ourselves with the thought
that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old,
inwardly its poetry is much deeper.
- Goldwin Smith

The poetic act consists of suddenly seeing that an
idea splits up into a number of equal motifs and of grouping them;
they rhyme.
- Stephane Mallarme

That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment,
which constitutes poetic faith.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

My secrets must be poetic to be believable.
- Mick Jagger

Strictly speaking, the idea of a scientific poem is
probably as nonsensical as that of a poetic science.
- Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel

Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice,
and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
- Max Eastman

When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style
on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose,
the poets tremble.
- John C. Ransom

I don't believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness.
I have a strong political conscience.
- Marguerite Young

Metaphors are dangerous.
Love begins with a metaphor.
Which is to say, love begins at the point when a woman
enters her first word into our poetic memory.
- Milan Kundera

Without a sense of place the work is often reduced
to a cry of voices in empty rooms,
a literature of the self, at its best poetic music;
at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
- William Kennedy

Music is the divine way to tell beautiful,
poetic things to the heart.
- Pablo Casals

Poetry is one of the destinies of speech...
One would say that the poetic image,
in its newness,
opens a future to language.
- Gaston Bachelard

Poetry is innocent, not wise.
It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.
- Karl Shapiro

Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed
for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
- Matthew Arnold

I would define the poetic effect as the capacity that
a text displays for continuing to generate different readings,
without ever being completely consumed.
- Umberto Eco

If you haven't had at least a slight poetic crack in the heart,
you have been cheated by nature.
- Phyllis Battelle

Even a polemic has some justification if one considers
that my own first poetic experiments began during a
dictatorship and mark the origin of the Hermetic movement.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

Poetic talent doesn't operate in a vacuum.
There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
- Wislawa Szymborska

If you are of the opinion that the contemplation of
suicide is sufficient evidence of a poetic nature,
do not forget that actions speak louder than words.
- Fran Lebowitz

I could I trust starve like a gentleman.
It's listed as part of the poetic training,
you know.
- Ezra Pound

Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
- Thomas Carlyle

I try for a poetic language that says,
This is who we are, where we have been,
where we are.
This is where we must go.
And this is what we must do.
- Mari Evans

The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects.
We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous;
but we do not notice it.
- Charles Baudelaire

The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that
which is sponsored by any creed.
- Joseph Brodsky

The character and history of each child may be a new
and poetic experience to the parent,
if he will let it.
- Margaret Fuller

France is not poetic; she even feels,
in fact, a congenital horror of poetry.
Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will
always prefer are the most prosaic.
- Charles Baudelaire

There may be more poetry than justice in poetic justice.
- George Will

Eccentric doesn't bother me.
'Eccentric' being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical
term meaning something that doesn't follow the lines -
that's okay.
- Crispin Glover

Any long work in which poetry is persistent,
be it epic or drama or narrative, is really a succession
of separate poetic experiences governed into a related
whole by an energy distinct from that which evoked them.
- John Drinkwater

It is commonly asserted and accepted that Paradise
Lost is among the two or three greatest English poems;
it may justly be taken as the type of supreme poetic
achievement in our literature.
- John Drinkwater

At the point when continuity was interrupted by the first nuclear explosion,
it would have been too easy to recover the formal sediment
which linked us with an age of poetic decorum,
of a preoccupation with poetic sounds.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth,
an impossibility of being, even though his greatest
desire is to speak to many men,
to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about
the truths of the mind or of things.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

English dramatic literature is, of course,
dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable
that an English reader should measure the value of
other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare
has already implanted in his mind.
- Lytton Strachey

Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths,
and miracles as poetic fantasies.
To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing.
The child mind accepts and believes them,
and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can
he be in after years relieved of them.
- Hypatia

Musicals are, by nature, theatrical,
meaning poetic,
meaning having to move the audience's imagination and
create a suspension of disbelief,
by which I mean there's no fourth wall.
- Stephen Sondheim

One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that
in the sixth book of Confessions,
where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense.
Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty,
the love of art for its own sake, has most.
- Walter Pater

Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it,
for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man,
there vanishes as well a religious emotion,
a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
- Henry Beston

Except here it's more power, more energy,
younger and also in Europe it's still not only entertainment.
Theater or films are looked at as a moral institution.
That's why maybe they're so poetic.
Here it's clear entertainment.
- Maximilian Schell

All that's left now is purely poetic work,
putting more life into individual places,
as I've made so sure of the fundamental mood and dimension
of expression that it won't leave me groping around in uncertainty any more.
- Oskar Kokoschka

The Resistance is a moral certainty,
not a poetic one.
The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone.
His judgment belongs to a creative order;
it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The second, and I think this is the much more overt
and I think it is the main cause,
I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to
demonstrate that every possible stance a critic,
a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself
inevitably and necessarily poetic.
- Harold Bloom

I've already written 300 space poems.
But I look upon my ultimate form as being a poetic prose.
When you read it, it appears to be prose,
but within the prose you have embedded the techniques of poetry.
- Story Musgrave

Today not even a universal fire could make the torrential
poetic production of our time disappear.
But it is exactly a question of production,
that is, of hand-made products which are subject to
the laws of taste and fashion.
- Eugenio Montale

I would never write realistic prose.
I don't like people who try to write in a poetic style,
but in the course of their book abandon it for realism,
and weave back and forth like drunkards between the surreal and the real.
- Marguerite Young

The poet's other readers are the ancient poets,
who look upon the freshly written pages from an incorruptible distance.
Their poetic forms are permanent, and it is difficult
to create new forms which can approach them.
- Salvatore Quasimodo


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