Quotations About / On:
Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry; on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.
(Walter Savage Landor (1775-1864), British author. Imaginary Conversations, "Archdeacon Hare and Walter Landor," The Last Fruit of an Old Tree (1853).)
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).)
"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.)
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).)
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).)
Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.
(Joseph Roux (1834-1886), French priest, writer. Meditations of a Parish Priest, pt. 1, no. 76 (1886).)
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).)
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).)
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).)
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).)