Lyric Poetry Quotes

Lyric Poetry Quotes by Eugenio Montale, Bob Dylan, James Fenton, Seamus Heaney, David Lodge, Jacques Brel and many others.

This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn,

This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul.
Eugenio Montale
Most songs have bridges in them, to distract listeners from the main verses of a song so they don’t get bored. My songs don’t have a lot of bridges because lyric poetry never had them.
Bob Dylan
Lyric poetry is, of course, musical in origin. I do know that what happened to poetry in the twentieth century was that it began to be written for the page. When it’s a question of typography, why not? Poets have done beautiful things with typography – Apollinaire’s ‘Calligrammes,’ that sort of thing.
James Fenton
In fact, in lyric poetry, truthfulness becomes recognizable as a ring of truth within the medium itself.
Seamus Heaney
Paraphrase, in the sense of summary, is as indispensable to the novel-critic as close analysis is to the critic of lyric poetry. The natural deduction is that novels are paraphrasable whereas poems are not. But this is a false deduction because close analysis is itself a disguised form of paraphrase.
David Lodge
When you write a song, most of the words you use are in black and white, and then, from time to time, you use one that’s in color. These words in color are a part of ourselves, because we give them a meaning. If you like, we give them a third dimension.
Jacques Brel
The kind of poetry I write, lyric poetry, I think is really concerned with intimacy, with mystery. That needn’t be religious mystery, there are mysteries to do with everyday life.
Kevin Hart
I have a high art, I hurt with cruelty those who would damage me.
Archilochus
We loved with a love that was more than love.
Edgar Allan Poe
I am convinced that the first lyric poem was written at night, and that the moon was witness to the event and that the event was witness to the moon. For me, the moon has always been the very embodiment of lyric poetry.
Mary Ruefle
We have certain rules for traditional lyric poetry in Korea. I twist my body, confused by what to say and how to act, facing these rules. Confronting traditional lyricism, I speak with a bare body without the tattoos of culture on it.
Kim Hyesoon
I think it’s one of the things that drive lyric poetry, our sense of mortality.
Edward Hirsch
Don’t call my lyrics poetry. It’s an insult to real poets.
Bernie Taupin
Will you love me in December as you do in May,
Will you love me in the good old fashioned way?
When my hair has all turned gray,
Will you kiss me then and say,
That you love me in December as you do in May?
Jimmy Walker