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Quotes about Poems

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Laugh, and the world laughs with you;
Weep, and you weep alone;
For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,
But has trouble enough of its own.
- Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

I like poems that are little games.
- Peter Davison

 

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

Everyone thinks they're going to write one book of poems or one novel.
- Marilyn Hacker

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine


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I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

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

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

How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
- Robert Penn Warren

Spring has returned.
The Earth is like a child that knows poems.
- Rainer Maria Rilke

I try to apply colors like words that shape poems,
like notes that shape music.
- Joan Miro

I don't write poems and put them to music.
Just let things flow.
- Martin Gore

We read Robert Browning's poetry.
Here we needed no guidance from the professor:
the poems themselves were enough.
- Carl Sandburg

My readers at that time were still men of letters;
but there had to be other people waiting to read my poems.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

I am a genius who has written poems that will survive
with the best of Shakespeare,
Wordsworth and Keats.
- Irving Layton

Of course the other and more serious way in which it
all happens is that one finds in poems and language
some quality one appropriates for oneself and wishes to reproduce.
- Robert Fitzgerald

I was writing notes, but not composing poems.
The Hunter began to develop out of this fragmented process.
- George Murray

There's not too much difference between writing a picture
book and writing a collection of a hundred poems or so,
except that the bigger books take a lot longer to do.
- Jack Prelutsky

The number of people writing poems is vast,
and their reasons for doing so are many,
that much can be surmised from the stacks of submissions.
- Mark Strand

I like poems that are complex.
- Peter Davison

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

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago,
but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem
to be written in the present indicative.
- Peter Davison

We have a lot of long narrative poems written in the 20th century,
but they're not very well known, and they're not read by very many people.
- Robert Morgan

I write the poems first, with only a few exceptions for odd reasons,
where I'm given the illustration first.
- Jack Prelutsky

To me many short poems read and write like beginnings
that simply whet my appetite;
I want to get over that.
- John Barton

Poems seem to have a life of their own.
They tell you when enough is enough.
- Thomas Lynch

Every so often I find some poems that are too good
for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a
little too involved with the nature of poetry,
as such.
- Peter Davison

I learned to play guitar at a young age and converted
poems and stuff that I had written to songs.
- Gregory Harrison

I used to carry about with me a German map-case filled with poems.
- John Hawkes

I was very committed to the process of composing,
working at poems, putting things together and taking
them apart like some kind of experimental filmmaker.
- David Antin

I consider my films to be poems that are all as personal
as my writing and as hand-made.
- James Broughton

I was reading the poems of Rochester.
Rochester made himself out to be bisexual,
but I think that was only to shock.
Most of his poetry is sexual, even pornographic.
- Thom Gunn

Yes, I do often write poems from the mind,
but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
- Anne Stevenson

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

We tend to put poems into factions.
And it restricts our reading.
- Thom Gunn

As a friendly one.
I would still like to write concrete poems,
but I can only do it sometimes.
- Ian Hamilton Finlay

When I first started to write, I was aware of being queer,
but I didn't write about it.
Queer poems would probably not have been accepted by
the editors I sent them to.
- Thom Gunn

I would not say I chose to write long poems on a conscious level.
The long poem has been a relative constant.
- John Barton

It may be said that poems are in one way like icebergs:
only about a third of their bulk appears above the surface of the page.
- Howard Nemerov

Many of my poems are not sexual.
- Thom Gunn

My poems - I don't even like the sound of that,
in a way.
Not that anyone else wrote them.
But we know that only people who are really close to
us care about our personal experience.
- Sharon Olds

Why does one always ask a writer why they stopped?
I am sure everyone finds in any drawer a few dear poems.
- Peter Bichsel

'A collected poems' is either a gravestone or a testimonial to survival.
- Al Purdy

Each poem in becoming generates the laws by which it is generated:
extensions of the laws to other poems never completely take.
- A. R. Ammons

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

I can't understand these chaps who go round American
universities explaining how they write poems:
It's like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife.
- Philip Larkin

As a child, what captivated me was reading the poems
myself and realizing that there was a world without
material substance which was nevertheless as alive as any other.
- Mary Oliver

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think
that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
- Peter Davison

Early on, if I was alone two three nights in a row,
I'd start writing poems about suicide.
- Jack Nicholson

What we call a poem is mostly what is not there on the page.
The strength of any poem is the poems that it has managed to exclude.
- Harold Bloom

There must of course be a relationship between translating
and making poems of your own,
but what it is I just don't know.
- Robert Fitzgerald

I admire Ginsberg as a poet, despite the fact that
he seems not to know when he is being good and when he is bad.
But he will last, or at least those poems will last.
- Leslie Fiedler

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about
the deficiencies of their memories and always began
poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.
- David Antin

The only difference between me and others is that they
think they can change something with cute little poems,
nice cards or embracing trees and being nice to little lapdogs.
- Henry Rollins

I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many
poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

Well, "The Wellspring" was written from 1983 to 1986.
And it had a section in the beginning that was poems
that began from others' experience.
- Sharon Olds

Indeed, I would venture to guess that Anon,
who wrote so many poems without signing them,
was often a woman.
- Virginia Woolf

There's one of my new poems actually -
is a good example of where my poetry has ended up.
My earlier river poetry was more like a cross between
Shelley and Dylan Thomas.
- Robert Adamson

I've thought of the last line of some poems for years and tried them out,
It wouldn't work because the last line was much too beautiful for the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

I'm terrified of switching the computer on because there are so many poems.
- Roger McGough

On that other novels followed: but I still wrote fairy
tales and dreamy poems of another world.
- Laurence Housman

These poems, with all their crudities,
doubts, and confusions, are written for the love of
Man and in praise of God,
and I'd be a damn' fool if they weren't.
- Dylan Thomas

People can put their best poems straight onto the web.
- Roger McGough

Our poems will have failed if our readers are not brought
by them beyond the poems.
- Muriel Rukeyser

However, I began to submit poems to British magazines,
and some were accepted.
It was a great moment to see my first poems published.
It felt like entering a tradition.
- Helen Dunmore

The best books of our times have included the three
mature volumes of Philip Larkin.
They're very short books of poems, and very carefully arranged.
- Robert Morgan

I've always thought my poems told stories.
- Douglas Dunn

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

I don't expect you'll hear me writing any poems to
the greater glory of Ronald and Nancy Reagan.
- Robert Penn Warren


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