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Stevie Smith Quotes and Sayings

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All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication.
All the poet has to do is listen.
The poet is not an important fellow.
There will also be another poet.
- Stevie Smith

I don't think Auden liked my poetry very much,
he's very Anglican.
- Stevie Smith

I may be smelly and I may be old, Rough in my pebbles,
reedy in my pools, But where my fish float by I bless their swimming,
And I like the people to bathe in me especially women.
- Stevie Smith

This Englishwoman is so refined, She has no bosom and no behind.
- Stevie Smith

 

I'm alive today, therefore I'm just as much a part
of our time as everybody else.
The times will just have to enlarge themselves to make room for me,
won't they, and for everybody else.
- Stevie Smith

Nobody heard him, the dead man, But still he lay moaning.
I was much further out than you thought,
and not waving but drowning.
I was much too far out all my life, And not waving but drowning.
- Stevie Smith

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

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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

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.
- Stephane Mallarme

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

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

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

Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket.
- Charles Simic

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

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

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

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

A poem begins as a lump in the throat,
a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
- Robert Frost

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

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

A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings -
about human feelings and frailties.
- Anne Stevenson

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

God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

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

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

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


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