Quotations About / On: POETRY
Prose and poetry are as different as food and drink.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Dedication in an Album, Poems (1853).)
I am one of those who hold that poetry is never so blithe as in a wanton and irregular subject.
(Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), French essayist. "Twenty-Nine Sonnets of Etienne de La Boétie," The Essays (Les Essais), bk. I, ch. 29, Simon Millanges, Bordeaux, first edition (1580).)
At certain times, men regard poetry merely as a bright flame, but to women it was, and always will be, a warm fire.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. "Album Leaf", Poems (1830).)
What raises great poetry above all elseit is the entire person and also the entire world.
(Franz Grillparzer (1791-1872), Austrian author. Also: commemorative sheet for Friedrich von Reden and Wilhelm von Wartenegg. Album entry, Poems (1862).)
Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.
(H.L. (Henry Lewis) Mencken (1880-1956), U.S. journalist, essayist. Prejudices, Third Series, Knopf (1922).)
Poetry, the genre of purest beauty, was born of a truncated woman: her head severed from her body with a sword, a symbolic penis.
(Andrea Dworkin (b. 1946), U.S. feminist critic. Pornography, ch. 4 (1981).)
All slang is metaphor, and all metaphor is poetry.
(Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936), British author. The Defendant, "A Defence of Slang," (1901).)
The sources of poetry are in the spirit seeking completeness.
(Muriel Rukeyser (1913-1980), U.S. poet. The Life of Poetry, ch. 13 (1949).)
To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religionall in one.
(John Ruskin (1819-1900), British art critic, author. Modern Painters III, pt. 4, ch. 16 (1856).)
In view of this half-sight of science, we accept the sentence of Plato, that, "poetry comes nearer to vital truth than history."
(Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882), U.S. essayist, poet, philosopher. Nature, ch. 8 (1836, revised and repr. 1849).)