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Poetry should...
by John Keats

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

Related topics: Poetry

A thing of beauty is a joy forever:
its loveliness increases;
it will never pass into nothingness.
- John Keats

The poetry of the earth is never dead.
- John Keats

Love is my religion - I could die for it.
- John Keats

 

Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.
- John Keats

Now a soft kiss - Aye, by that kiss,
I vow an endless bliss.
- John Keats

Much have I traveled in the realms of gold,
and many goodly states and kingdoms seen.
- John Keats

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Praise or blame has but a momentary effect on the man
whose love of beauty in the abstract makes him a severe critic on his own works.
- John Keats

I have two luxuries to brood over in my walks,
your loveliness and the hour of my death.
O that I could have possession of them both in the same minute.
- John Keats

I am in that temper that if I were under water I would
scarcely kick to come to the top.
- John Keats

Scenery is fine - but human nature is finer.
- John Keats

Land and sea, weakness and decline are great separators,
but death is the great divorcer for ever.
- John Keats

Poetry should be great and unobtrusive,
a thing which enters into one's soul,
and does not startle it or amaze it with itself,
but with its subject.
- John Keats

There is not a fiercer hell than the failure in a great object.
- John Keats

What the imagination seizes as beauty must be truth.
- John Keats

Do you not see how necessary a world of pains and troubles
is to school an intelligence and make it a soul?
- John Keats

The only means of strengthening one's intellect is
to make up one's mind about nothing,
to let the mind be a thoroughfare for all thoughts.
- John Keats

Philosophy will clip an angel's wings.
- John Keats

Here lies one whose name was writ in water.
- John Keats

The excellency of every art is its intensity,
capable of making all disagreeable evaporate.
- John Keats

He ne'er is crowned with immortality Who fears to follow where airy voices lead.
- John Keats

I would sooner fail than not be among the greatest.
- John Keats

'Beauty is truth, truth beauty,' - that is all ye know on earth,
and all ye need to know.
- John Keats

Heard melodies are sweet, but those unheard are sweeter.
- John Keats

You are always new, The last of your kisses was ever the sweetest.
- John Keats

Poetry should surprise by a fine excess and not by singularity,
it should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

The Public - a thing I cannot help looking upon as an enemy,
and which I cannot address without feelings of hostility.
- John Keats

I am certain of nothing but the holiness of the heart's affections,
and the truth of imagination.
- John Keats

I will give you a definition of a proud man:
he is a man who has neither vanity nor wisdom one filled
with hatreds cannot be vain,
neither can he be wise.
- John Keats

You speak of Lord Byron and me; there is this great difference between us.
He describes what he sees I describe what I imagine.
Mine is the hardest task.
- John Keats

It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider
spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel.
- John Keats

There is nothing stable in the world;
uproar's your only music.
- John Keats

I love you the more in that I believe you had liked
me for my own sake and for nothing else.
- John Keats

My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.
- John Keats

With a great poet the sense of Beauty overcomes every other consideration,
or rather obliterates all consideration.
- John Keats

Though a quarrel in the streets is a thing to be hated,
the energies displayed in it are fine;
the commonest man shows a grace in his quarrel.
- John Keats

There is an electric fire in human nature tending to purify -
so that among these human creatures there is continually
some birth of new heroism.
The pity is that we must wonder at it,
as we should at finding a pearl in rubbish.
- John Keats

I have been astonished that men could die martyrs for religion -
I have shuddered at it.
I shudder no more - I could be martyred for my religion -
Love is my religion -
I could die for that.
- John Keats

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.

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 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

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

The River of Life has no judgments.
The River flows with no concept of good and bad - right and wrong.
The fields and dreams of men may be nourished by the River of Life,
or flooded and covered with silt, and the River just flows.
Men may catch fish and live on the River of Life,
or they may founder in a storm and drown, and the River just flows.
The River of Life is timeless.
It is not unchanging, but it is timeless,
and it changes in its own time.
The River of Life knows no obstacles.
The River can cut through solid rock - in its own time.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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

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

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

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

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

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

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

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

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

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


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