A collection of quotes on and about poetry.


"The poet only asks to get his head into the heavens. It is the logician who seeks to get the heavens into his head. And it is his head that splits."

G.K. Chesterton


“I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of beauty.”

Edgar Allan Poe


“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”

W.B. Yeats


“What can be explained is not poetry.”

W.B. Yeats


"Inspiration is needed in geometry, just as much as in poetry."

Alexander Pushkin


“Poets and philosophers are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.”

Percy Bysshe Shelley


“Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.”

Thomas Gray


“All a poet can do today is warn.”

Wilfred Owen


"Poetry is a mixture of common sense, which not all have, with an uncommon sense, which very few have."

John Masefield


"Since the printing press came into being, poetry has ceased to be the delight of the whole community of man; it has become the amusement and delight of the few."

John Masefield


“Always be a poet, even in prose.”

Charles Baudelaire


“Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.”

Muhammad Iqbal


"A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman."

Wallace Stevens


"Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art."

Thomas Hardy


“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.” 

Charles Darwin


“Poetry is what gets lost in translation.” 

Robert Frost


“There is not a particle of life which does not bear poetry within it” 

Gustave Flaubert


“Poetry might be defined as the clear expression of mixed feelings.” 

W.H. Auden


“The death of a beautiful woman is, unquestionably, the most poetical topic in the world.” 

Edgar Allan Poe


“To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.” 

Robert Frost 


“He was a poet; and they are never exactly grown-up.” 

J.M. Barrie


“A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.” 

`Robert Frost


“Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,
That we may record our emptiness.” 

Kahlil Gibran