I'll publish, right or wrong: Fools are my theme, let satire be my song.
1809 English Bards and Scotch Reviewers, l.5-6.
Be thou the rainbow to the storms of life, The evening beam that smiles the clouds away, And tints to-morrow with prophetic ray!lord byron
It is no longer possible for lyric poetry to express the immensity of our experience. Life has grown too cumbersome, too complicated. We have acquired values which are best expressed in prose.Boris Pasternak
Where Young must torture his invention To flatter knaves, or lose his pension.jonathan swift
For there is no heroic poem in the world but is at bottom a biography, the life of a man; also, it may be said, there is no life of a man, faithfully recorded, but is a heroic poem of its sort, rhymed or unrhymed.thomas carlyle
A poem is a naked person . . . some people say that I am a poet.bob dylan
Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.T. S. Eliot
Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.robert frost
I think that I shall never see A poem lovely as a tree. … Poems are made by fools like me, But only God can make a tree.joyce kilmer
Poetry should begin with emotion in the poet, and end with the same emotion in the reader. The poem is simply the instrument of transferancephilip larkin
Remember, writing poetry is like making love: one will never know whether one's own pleasure is shared.cesare pavese
The only thing worse than poetry? Abstract poetry, which exists solely to make students feel stupid and professors feel smug.laura penny
I had rather be a kitten, and cry mew, Than one of these same metre ballet-mongers; I had rather hear a brazen canstick turn'd, Or a dry wheel grate on the axletree; And that would set my teeth nothing on edge, Nothing so much as mincing poetry: 'Tis like the forced gait of a shuffling nag.william shakespeare
O for a Muse of fire, that would ascend The brightest heaven of invention.william shakespeare
The poem... is a little myth of man's capacity of making life meaningful. And in the end, the poem is not a thing we see it is, rather, a light by which we may see and what we see is life.Robert Penn Warren
'Twas he that ranged the words at random flung, Pierced the fair pearls and them together strung.
The essence of poetry is invention; such invention as, by producing something unexpected, surprises and delights.samuel johnson
Yea, marry, now it is somewhat, for now it is rhyme; before it was neither rhyme nor reason.Sir Thomas More
Give lettered pomp to teeth of Time, So "Bonnie Doon" but tarry: Blot out the epic's stately rhyme, But spare his Highland Mary!john greenleaf whittier
The vision and the faculty divine; Yet wanting the accomplishment of verse.william wordsworth
For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always ourselves we find in the sea.e. e. cummings
I write some country music. There's a song called 'I Hope You Dance.' Incredible. I was going to write that poem; somebody beat me to it.maya angelou
My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role, is to try and express what we all feel. Not to tell people how to feel. Not as a preacher, not as a leader, but as a reflection of us all.john lennon