Quotations About / On: POETRY

  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    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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  • 43.
    For awhile after you quit Keats all other poetry seems to be only whistling or humming.
    (F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896-1940), U.S. author. letter, Aug. 3, 1940, to his daughter Frances Scott Fitzgerald. The Letters of F. Scott Fitzgerald, ed. Andrew Turnbull (1963). Fitzgerald described Ode on a Grecian Urn as "unbearably beautiful with every syllable as inevitable as the notes in Beethoven's Ninth Symphony" (same source).)
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  • 44.
    It's not like bullshit, more like poetry.
    (William Gibson (b. 1948), U.S. science fiction (cyberpunk) writer. Molly Millions (razor-girl, former "meat-puppet," and antiheroine) in Neuromancer. Ch. 8, Ace Science Fiction (1984). Describing the visionary language of the Rastafarians of "Zion cluster," an orbiting colony in a dystopian near-future.)
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  • 45.
    Some people go to priests; others to poetry; I to my friends.
    (Virginia Woolf (1882-1941), British novelist. (repr. 1943). Bernard, in The Waves, p. 189 (1931).)
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  • 46.
    Poetry transforms and redeems the common, the hurtful, the humiliating.
    (Susan Montez (b. c. 1956), U.S. poet. As quoted in the Chronicle of Higher Education, p. A43 (July 13, 1994).)
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  • 47.
    One can be well-bred and write bad poetry
    (Molière [Jean Baptiste Poquelin] (1622-1673), French comic playwright. Philinte, in The Misanthrope, act 4, sc. 1 (1666).)
  • 48.
    Poetry must have something in it that is barbaric, vast and wild.
    (Denis Diderot (1713-1784), French philosopher. repr. In Selected Writings, ed. Lester G. Crocker (1966). On Dramatic Poetry (1758).)
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  • 49.
    One has only as much morality as one has philosophy and poetry.
    (Friedrich Von Schlegel (1772-1829), German philosopher. Idea 62 in Selected Ideas (1799-1800), translated by Ernst Behler and Roman Struc, Dialogue on Poetry and Literary Aphorisms, Pennsylvania University Press (1968).)
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  • 50.
    Fine art, poetry, that kind of thing, elevates a nation ...
    (George Eliot [Mary Ann (or Marian) Evans] (1819-1880), British novelist. Middlemarch, ch. 39 (1871-1872). Said by the novel's character named Mr. Brooke, a likable but comic figure described as "nearly sixty, of acquiescent temper, miscellaneous opinions, and uncertain vote.")
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