Quotations About / On:
A poem of a poet is part of the poetry of the earth.
You can hear a billion echoes in a poem of a few words, out loud.
(Just a thought)
No poems can please for long or live that are written by water-drinkers.
(Horace [Quintus Horatius Flaccus] (65-8 B.C.), Roman poet. Epistles, bk. 1, epistle 19, l. 2 (22-8 B.C.).)
The grand style is available now only in old poems, museums, and parodies.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Fourth Selection, New York (1987).)
A poem is good until one knows by whom it is.
(Karl Kraus (1874-1936), Austrian writer. Trans. by Harry Zohn, originally published in Beim Wort genommen (1955). Half-Truths and One-and-a-Half Truths, University of Chicago Press (1990).)
Considered subjectively, philosophy always begins in the middle, like an epic poem.
(Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Aphorism 84 in Selected Aphorisms from the Athenaeum (1798), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
The novel is born of disillusionment; the poem, of despair.
(José Bergamín (1895-1983), Spanish writer. El cohete y la estrella (The Rocket and the Star), p. 51, Madrid, Biblioteca de Indice (1923).)
Title deeds generally outlast poems.
(Mason Cooley (b. 1927), U.S. aphorist. City Aphorisms, Seventh Selection, New York (1990).)
I have never felt a placard and a poem are in any way similar.
(Kristin Hunter (b. 1931), African American author. Black Women Writers at Work, ch. 6, by Claudia Tate (1983).
On why her writing was not directly "political.")
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
(Gore Vidal (b. 1925), U.S. novelist, critic. Sex, Death and Money, preface (1968).)