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Marianne Moore Quotes and Sayings

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

Related topics: Poetry

We are suffering from too much sarcasm.
- Marianne Moore

It is quite cruel that a poet cannot wander through
his regions of enchantment without having a critic,
forever, like the old man of the sea,
upon his back.
- Marianne Moore

A writer is unfair to himself when he is unable to be hard on himself.
- Marianne Moore

 

Any writer overwhelmingly honest about pleasing himself
is almost sure to please others.
- Marianne Moore

Poetry is all nouns and verbs.
- Marianne Moore

The passion for setting people right is in itself an afflictive disease.
- Marianne Moore

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As contagion of sickness makes sickness,
contagion of trust can make trust.
- Marianne Moore

You're not free until you've been made captive by supreme belief.
- Marianne Moore

Impatience is the mark of independence,
not of bondage.
- Marianne Moore

It is human nature to stand in the middle of a thing.
- Marianne Moore

Superior people never make long visits.
- Marianne Moore

My father used to say superior people never make long visits.
- Marianne Moore

I see no reason for calling my work poetry except that
there is no other category in which to put it.
- Marianne Moore

Beauty is everlasting And dust is for a time.
- Marianne Moore

The deepest feeling always shows itself in silence;
not in silence,
but restraint.
- Marianne Moore

In a poem the excitement has to maintain itself.
I am governed by the pull of the sentence as the pull
of a fabric is governed by gravity.
- Marianne Moore

When one cannot appraise out of one's own experience,
the temptation to blunder is minimized,
but even when one can, appraisal seems chiefly useful
as appraisal of the appraiser.
- Marianne Moore

If technique is of no interest to a writer,
I doubt that the writer is an artist.
- Marianne Moore

Psychology which explains everything explains nothing,
and we are still in doubt.
- Marianne Moore

If you will tell me why the fen appears impassable,
I then will tell you why I think that I can cross it if I try.
- Marianne Moore

There never was a war that was not inward.
- Marianne Moore

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

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

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

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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

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 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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion,
but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality,
but an escape from personality.
But, of course, only those who have personality and
emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
- T. S. Eliot

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

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


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