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Poem Quotes

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I Dream This Day of Wondrous Things,
of Peace and Hope and Pride.
I Dance My Dance with Life Today,
I'm Filled with Love Inside.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Related topics: Inspirational Life Human-Nature Psychology Positive Love

"Look on my works, ye mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Into the valley of Death
Rode the six hundred.
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson

Bold Light of Spirit:
Out of the darkness and into the light,
Open our eyes and behold such a sight.
Brilliance of day takes the place of the night,
Boldness and courage are swords of His Might.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

A question that sometimes drives me hazy:
am I or are the others crazy?
- Albert Einstein

I breathed a song into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where;
For who has sight so keen and strong,
That it can follow the flight of song -
The song from beginning to end,
I found again in the heart of a friend.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Pause to appreciate the beauty around you.
Whether rainbow or butterfly,
mountain or tree, painting or poem -
whether crafted by nature or by a human hand -
beauty adds a magical element to life
that surpasses logic and science.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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THE fog comes
on little cat feet.
It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
- Carl Sandburg

To see the world in a grain of sand,
and to see heaven in a wild flower,
hold infinity in the palm of your hands,
and eternity in an hour.
- William Blake

Two roads diverged in a wood, and I ...
I took the one less traveled by,
and that has made all the difference.
- Robert Frost

I am the Wizard. This world is mine.
I speak. It's done. My realm is fine.
My wand, my tongue. My sword, my voice.
It's good. It's bad. I speak my choice.
I say happy, or I say mad.
I say angry, or I say glad.
I name that drawing on the wall.
It's not graffiti after all.
The past has been broken. The prison's not real.
My word holds the magic - the power to heal.
Intent is my weapon - a sword from above.
Cruel hate, fear, and anger transmute into love.
This world's my joy. This mouth's my toy.
Reborn -I'm a brand new girl or boy.
I choose. I speak. My will is done.
Come join. Come play. This can be fun.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Gather yourself by the sea shore and I will love you there.
Assemble yourself with wild things,
with songs of the sparrow and sea-foam.
Let mad beauty collect itself in your eyes
and it will shine - Calling me.
For I long for a man with nests of wild things in his hair.
A man who will Kiss the Flame.
- Jewel

All that glisters is not gold;
Often have you heard that told.
Many a man his life hath sold
but my outside to behold.
Gilded tombs do worms enfold.
- William Shakespeare

Confused Memories of Childhood:
Hate to my father, cruel hate,
confused with love - a mix not great.
The man I love - the man I hate;
the man I want to emulate.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

This bright new year is given me
To live each day with zest
To daily grow and try to be
My highest and my best.
- William Arthur Ward

I was reading the dictionary.
I thought it was a poem about everything.
- Steven Wright

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

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

History is a cyclic poem written by time upon the memories of man.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

However, if a poem can be reduced to a prose sentence,
there can't be much to it.
- James Schuyler

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

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

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

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

I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.
- Joyce Kilmer

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery

The moment of change is the only poem.
- Adrienne Rich

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

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

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

A picture is a poem without words.
- Horace

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

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

How do I love thee? Let me count the ways.
I love thee to the depth and breadth and height
My soul can reach, when feeling out of sight
For the ends of Being and ideal Grace.
I love thee to the level of every day's
Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.
I love thee freely, as men strive for Right;
I love thee purely, as they turn from Praise.
I love with a passion put to use
In my old griefs, and with my childhood's faith.
I love thee with a love I seemed to lose
With my lost saints, - I love thee with the breath,
Smiles, tears, of all my life! - and, if God choose,
I shall but love thee better after death.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

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

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

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

I think of my peace paintings as one long poem,
with each painting being a single stanza.
- Robert Indiana

A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom.
- Robert Frost

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

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

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

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

No race can prosper till it learns that there is as
much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.
- Booker T. Washington

If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong.
One of the problems of free verse is that much of the
free verse poetry is not memorable.
- Robert Morgan

I keep the drafts of each poem in color-coded folders.
I pick up the folders according to how I feel about that color that day.
- Rita Dove

The composition of a single melody is born out of a bit of text,
perhaps the first line, but it can also be the entire strophe;
it can even be the poem's overall form.
- Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant.
In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth,
so it can't have a fictional beginning.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Elizabeth Barrett Browning could write a poem two pages long.
Could she have brought it to a music publisher?
- Dorothy Fields

I do not usually revise much, though I often cut,
particularly the end or toward the end of a poem.
- James Schuyler

The reader's challenge is to replicate the experiment
by reading the poem and to draw their own conclusions.
- John Barton

I consider a poem to be a kind of experiment where
a number of elements are brought together under test
conditions to see how they will interact to create meaning or relevance.
- John Barton

There's a crystallization that goes on in a poem which
the young man can bring off,
but which the middle-aged man can't.
- John Updike

With me it's the whole thing, it's the conceit,
the idea, what the poem is saying.
And it goes on just as long as is necessary to say what needs to be said.
- James Laughlin

For what is a poem but a hazardous attempt at self-understanding:
it is the deepest part of autobiography.
- Robert Penn Warren

Translation makes me look at how a poem is put together in a different way,
without the personal investment of the poem I'm writing myself,
but equally closely technically.
- Marilyn Hacker

No poem, not even Shakespeare or Milton or Chaucer,
is ever strong enough to totally exclude every crucial precursor text or poem.
- Harold Bloom

But most commonly, it's one poem that I work on with a lot of intensity.
- Philip Levine

An experienced reader uses the poem as an agent of inquiry.
This makes poetry very exciting, unstable,
and interactive.
- John Barton

The United States themselves are essentially the greatest poem.
- Walt Whitman

What is the poem, after it is written? That is the question.
Not where it came from or why.
- Allen Tate

It took some time to gather the research and develop it into the storyline,
and to finally finish an origin myth poem that I had
been working on for twenty years.
- Jean M. Auel

A poem generated by its own laws may be unrealized
and bad in terms of so-called objective principles of taste,
judgement, deduction.
- A. R. Ammons

For many years, I thought a poem was a whisper overheard,
not an aria heard.
- Rita Dove

Like a French poem is life; being only perfect in structure
when with the masculine rhymes mingled the feminine are.
- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

We hold that the most wonderful and splendid proof
of genius is a great poem produced in a civilized age.
- Thomas B. Macaulay

The first poem I ever wrote, about loss,
when I was 5 years old, expressed the themes of everything I would ever write.
- Marguerite Young

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
- Peter Davison

Only truthful hands write true poems.
I cannot see any basic difference between a handshake and a poem.
- Paul Celan

The poem is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful.
And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see-it is,
rather, a light by which we may see-and what we see is life.
- Robert Penn Warren

A poem in form still has to have voice,
gesture, a sense of discovery, a metaphoric connection,
as any poetry does.
- Robert Morgan


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