Quotations About / On: POETRY

  • 11.
    If there were no poetry on any day in the world, poetry would be invented that day. For there would be an intolerable hunger.
    (Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 10 (1949).)
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  • 12.
    "Poetry's unnat'ral; no man ever talked poetry 'cept a beadle on boxin' day, or Warren's blackin' or Rowland's oil, or some o' them low fellows; never you let yourself down to talk poetry, my boy."
    (Charles Dickens (1812-1870), British novelist. Tony Weller in The Pickwick Papers, ch. 33, p. 452 (1837). The elder Weller, commenting on his son's composition of a valentine.)
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  • 13.
    Poetry uses the hub of a torque converter for a jello mold.
    (Diane Glancy (b. 1941), U.S. poet. As quoted in What Is Found There, ch. 12, by Adrienne Rich (1993).)
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  • 14.
    All poetry, as discriminated from the various paradigms of prosody, is prayer.
    (Samuel Beckett (1906-1989), Irish dramatist, novelist. "Humanistic Quietism," p. 79, Dublin Magazine, ix, n.s. (July-Sept., 1934).)
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  • 15.
    Science is for those who learn; poetry, for those who know.
    (Joseph Roux (1834-1886), French priest, writer. Meditations of a Parish Priest, pt. 1, no. 71 (1886).)
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  • 16.
    Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
    (Joseph Roux (1834-1886), French priest, writer. Meditations of a Parish Priest, pt. 1, no. 76 (1886).)
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  • 17.
    I write poetry in order to live more fully.
    (Judith Rodriguez (b. 1936), Australian poet. As quoted in Contemporary Poets, 3rd ed., by James Vinson (1980).)
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  • 18.
    Poetry has become the higher algebra of metaphors.
    (José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. "More About the Dehumanization of Art," The Dehumanization of Art (1925).)
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  • 19.
    Poetry is a mere drug, Sir.
    (George Farquhar (1678-1707), Irish dramatist. repr. In Complete Works, ed. Charles Stonehill (1930). Pamphlet, in Love and a Bottle, act 3, sc. 2 (1698).)
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  • 20.
    Poetry is adolescence fermented, and thus preserved.
    (José Ortega Y Gasset (1883-1955), Spanish essayist, philosopher. repr. In The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays (1968). "In Search of Goethe from Within," Partisan Review (New Brunswick, New Jersey, December 1949).)
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