Poetic Quotes

Poetic Quotes by Vladimir Nabokov, Gaston Bachelard, Robert Browning, Charles Addams, Damien Hirst, Timothy Keller and many others.

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A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
Vladimir Nabokov
It is through the intentionality of poetic imagination that the poet’s soul discovers the opening of consciousness common to all true poetry.
Gaston Bachelard
God is the perfect poet.
Robert Browning
Child of woe is wane and delicate… sensitive and on the quiet side, she loves the picnics and outings to the underground caverns… a solemn child, prim in dress and, on the whole, pretty lost… secretive and imaginative, poetic, seems underprivileged and given to occasional tantrums… has six toes on one foot.
Charles Addams
Painting is so poetic, while sculpture is more logical and scientific and makes you worry about gravity.
Damien Hirst
If the church does not identify with the marginalized, it will itself be marginalized. This is God’s poetic justice.
Timothy Keller
A garden must combine the poetic and the mysterious with a feeling of serenity and joy.
Luis Barragan
Poetry is one of the destinies of speech… One would say that the poetic image, in its newness, opens a future to language.
Gaston Bachelard
I believe that all women of working ages and physical capacity, regardless of income, should be expected to earn their livings either in or out of the home. Until this attitude prevails I believe the position of women will be uncertain and undignified, in spite of poetic rhapsodies to the contrary.
Mary Barnett Gilson
I have sometimes thought that his bursts of imaginative talk were fatal to his poetic gift. He squandered too much in the heat of personal communication.
Willa Cather
I need to look back on my poetic ventures, make sense of them as a whole, and move forward… and to experiment without external demands.
Tony Harrison
Considering the wealth of poetic drama that has come down to us from the Elizabethan and Jacobean periods, it is surprising that so little of any value has been added since.
James Fenton
Oh for a seat in some poetic nook, Just hid with trees and sparkling with a brook!
Leigh Hunt
Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most. For art comes to you proposing frankly to give nothing but the highestquality toyourmomentsasthey pass,and simply for those moments’sake.
Walter Pater
18th century opera is packed with emotion, but contains not a trace of kitsch. Only with the ‘thees’ and ‘thous’ of Victorian poetry does the disease begin to grow in our poetic tradition.
Roger Scruton
I imagine Johnny Mathis hates Bin Laden as much as I do, but could Johnny agree Bin Laden had a better speechwriter than Bush? “Axis of Evil”? Come on. “A swimmer in the ocean does not fear the rain” is much more powerful propaganda. Poetic, even.
John Waters
Does not the passage of Moses and the Israelites into the Holy Land yield incomparably more poetic variety than the voyages of Ulysses or Aeneas?
Abraham Cowley
I think Visions of Cody is the most radical book in terms of poetic stretch and the way Jack Kerouac is able to incorporate documentation and incorporate the live tape recording of Neal and so on.
Anne Waldman
For me a work of art must be an elevated interpretation of nature. The search for the ideal has been the purpose of my life. In landscape or seascape, I love above all the poetic motif.
William-Adolphe Bouguereau
Pity! Religion has so seldom found
A skilful guide into poetic ground!
The flowers would spring where’er she deign’d to stray
And every muse attend her in her way.
William Cowper
The poetic notion of infinity is far greater than that which is sponsored by any creed.
Joseph Brodsky
O Caledonia! stern and wild, Meet nurse for a poetic child! Land of brown heath and shaggy wood; Land of the mountain and the flood!
Walter Scott
When you are romancing a woman in a relationship, it should be poetic. It should have layers.
Kangana Ran
Poetry is not Irish or any other nationality; and when writers such as Messrs. Clarke, Farren and the late F. R. Higgins pursue Irishness as a poetic end, they are merely exploiting incidental local colour.
Patrick Kavanagh
The ambiguity of poetic language answers to the ambiguity of human life as a whole, and therein lies its unique value. All interpretations of poetic language only interpret what the poetry has already interpreted.
Hans-Georg Gadamer
Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.
Oliver Goldsmith
Learn to reverence night and to put away the vulgar fear of it, for, with the banishment of night from the experience of man, there vanishes as well a religious emotion, a poetic mood, which gives depth to the adventure of humanity.
Henry Beston
To be a poet is as serious, long-term and natural as the effort to be the best human you can be. To express something well is not a question of having a top-class education and understanding poetic forms: rather, it’s a question of paying attention.
Alice Oswald
A truly extraordinary work: vivid, passionate and utterly compelling. The Sound of One Hand Clapping is raw as a wound. It opens a world that is strange, brutal and poetic at once and ultimately achieves the kind of spirit-healing few novels do
Niall Williams
The poetic sensibility was too good for this world, it was best to burn brightly and to die young like a shooting star.
George Howe Colt
Theater can be elusive and poetic, but it doesn’t thrive when it doesn’t reach an audience.
Theresa Rebeck
I really appreciate Frank Ocean’s lyrical style, I appreciate the way that he can kind of draw you into this personal space, but it’s still lyrical. It’s almost poetic, in a way, but it’s very personal at the same time.
Alicia Keys
For the most part, works of mine are untitled. There was a brief period where I had poetic titles for works, and they’re embarrassing now. I think, for the most part, it’s not something that I have talent for.
Robert Gober
I feel an intense intimacy with those who have this loathing interest in me. Further than this, I know what they mean, I sympathize with them, I understand them. There should be a name (as poetic as love) for this relationship between loather and loathed; it is of the closest and more full of passion than incest.
Laura Riding
At somewhere around 10 syllables, the English poetic line is at its most relaxed and manageable.
James Fenton
My father basically had two ways of judging anything. Either something was poetic or it wasn’t.
Bernardo Bertolucci
A language is something infinitely greater than grammar and philology. It is the poetic testament of the genius of a race and a culture, and the living embodiment of the thoughts and fancies that have moulded them
Jawaharlal Nehru
The trick to songwriting is writing in a poetic enough way that other people can identify with it.
What we cannot express by the art of thinking, by the art of science or philosophy or logic, we can and should express by the poetic, visual, or some other arts.
Naum Gabo
Cornelia Parker has inspired a lot of my theatre work. Her art is about points of impact: it’s poetic but with a strong literal story.
Abi Morgan
When it comes to ‘Maruvaarthai,’ I have said many a time that Carnatic music drives my creative influence. In that sense, Darbuka Siva gave me a lot of room to breathe with the melody. The instrumental, however, was grounded. The lyrics is just poetic, and phonetically, they sound beautiful.
Sid Sriram
Sometimes I know the meaning of a word but am tired of it and feel the need for an unfamiliar, especially precise or poetic term, perhaps one with a nuance that flatters my readership’s exquisite sensitivity.
William Safire
Musicals are, by nature, theatrical, meaning poetic, meaning having to move the audience’s imagination and create a suspension of disbelief, by which I mean there’s no fourth wall.
Stephen Sondheim
Have not all poetic truths been already stated? The essence of a poetic truth is that no statement of it can be final.
Elizabeth Bowen
I just love when a movie takes a break and gives you a poetic moment, but sometimes it’s good when they just happen randomly. If your actors are really comfortable and you let the camera roll, sometimes things happen and you just see something that’s visually iconic, or emotionally that way.
Cameron Crowe
Here they are, all in one place. Circle back to them when you need some poetic shine.
It is not revolutions and upheavals that clear the road to better days,
but revelations, and lavishness of someone’s soul inspired, and ablaze.
Boris Pasternak
Artistic form is congruent with the dynamic forms of our direct sensuous, mental, and emotional life; works of art are projections of “felt life”, as Henry James called it, into spatial, temporal, and poetic structures.
Susanne Katherina Langer
Today not even a universal fire could make the torrential poetic production of our time disappear. But it is exactly a question of production, that is, of hand-made products which are subject to the laws of taste and fashion.
Eugenio Montale
Thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
At our present bad moment, we need above all to recover our sense of literary individuality and of poetic autonomy.
Harold Bloom
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind.
Max Eastman
The second, and I think this is the much more overt and I think it is the main cause, I have been increasingly demonstrating or trying to demonstrate that every possible stance a critic, a scholar, a teacher can take towards a poem is itself inevitably and necessarily poetic.
Harold Bloom
But I was only a chaotic walker, nobody could stop me; even a totalitarian state was not able to control my daydreams, my poetic fascinations, the pattern of my walking.
Adam Zagajewski
No poetic phantasy
but a biological reality,
a fact: I am an entity
like bird, insect, plant
or sea-plant cell;
I live; I am alive.
Hilda Doolittle
One of my favorite French singers, Alain Bashung, was the expert at creating his own universe; no one knows what he’s talking about, even he doesn’t know because it’s so poetic.
Thomas Mars
Except here it’s more power, more energy, younger and also in Europe it’s still not only entertainment. Theater or films are looked at as a moral institution. That’s why maybe they’re so poetic. Here it’s clear entertainment.
Maximilian Schell
New Jersey is the most poetic state: close enough to New York to be urban and cosmopolitan, far enough to be desirous and unsure; densely populated, but full of farms and woods, with the most deer of any state.
Robert Pinsky
Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
W. H. Auden
I want to preserve a certain unknowing about my own poems – perhaps because unknowing is in itself a useful poetic thirst. To move the perimeter of saying outside my own boundaries is one reason I write.
Jane Hirshfield
The poetic temperament is the worst for golf. It dreams of brilliant drives, iron shots laid dead, and long putts holed, while in real golf success waits for him who takes care of the foozles and leaves the fine shots to take care of themselves.
Charles Walter Simpson
Poetry; a criticism of life under the conditions fixed for such a criticism by the laws of poetic truth and poetic beauty.
Matthew Arnold
I try to live what I consider a “poetic existence.” That means I take responsibility for the air I breathe and the space I take up. I try to be immediate, to be totally present for all my work.
Maya Angelou
Being a painter myself… whenever I could dispense with architectural precision, I indulged in the picturesque, in which case I sacrificed a few details when necessary in favor of an imposing effect that would give a monument its real character and also preserve the poetic charm that surrounds it.
Charles Negre
The most important quality of art and its aim is illusion; emotion, which is often obtained by certain sacrifices of poetic detail, is something else entirely and of an inferior order.
Gustave Flaubert
Life ain’t a concept. Music is not a concept. My titles are poetic abstractions of something that is with me all the time, not necessarily in music, but in life. Everybody’s life.
A noble soul and real poetic talent are almost always inseparable.
Victor Hugo
The Resistance is a moral certainty, not a poetic one. The true poet never uses words in order to punish someone. His judgment belongs to a creative order; it is not formulated as a prophetic scripture.
Salvatore Quasimodo
A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.
W. H. Auden
Everyone should know nowadays the unimportance of the photographic in art: that truth, life, or reality is an organic thing which the poetic imagination can represent or suggest, in essence, only through transformation, through changing into other forms than those which were merely present in appearance.
Tennessee Williams
Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
Marianne Moore
In every artist there is poetry. In every human being there is the poetic element. We know, we feel, we believe.
Ernst Haas
But to read all Scripture narratives as if they were eye-witness reports in a modern newspaper, and to ignore the poetic and imaginative form in which they are sometimes couched, would be no less a violation of the canons of evangelical literalism than the allegorizing of the Scholastics was.
J. I. Packer
Burroughs’s voice is hard, derisive, inventive, free, funny, serious, poetic, indelibly American.
Joan Didion
God is the poetic genius in each of us.
William Blake
America was based on a poetic vision. What will happen when it loses its poetry?
Azar Nafisi
Who speaks of art speaks of poetry. There is not art without a poetic aim. There is a species of emotion particular to painting. There is an effect that results from a certain arrangement of colors, of lights, of shadows. It is this that one calls the music of painting
Edouard Vuillard
English is really free for me; there’s no limits to the music and the imagination. And French, it’s just I live in Paris, and it’s really a poetic language where you can really play with words.
Yael Naim
I’ve always tried to be kind of poetic in my lyrical approach.
Erik Rutan
A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things, a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
Henry Moore
If one hour’s work is enough to govern France, four minutes is all that is needed for Italy. There is no nation more easily frightened; even its poetic imagination predisposes it to fear, and they look upon power as on an image that fills them with terror.
Madame de Stael
My life which I dream will be so beautiful, so poetic, so vast, so filled with love will turn out to be like everybody else’s – monotonous, sensible, stupid.
Gustave Flaubert
I was both charmed and moved by Midday with Buuel, Mexican filmmaker and writer Claudio Isaac’s personal and very poetic recollection of his friendship with his mentor, the Spanish surrealist Luis Buuel.
C. M. Mayo
The moment of change is the only poem.
Adrienne Rich
Poetic talent doesn’t operate in a vacuum. There is a spirit of Polish poetry.
Wislawa Szymborska
There is something missing in a lot of digital filmmaking, something I call “poetic reality.” That’s something you see played out in film noir, where the technique establishes the mood.
Vilmos Zsigmond
Green grass, green grandstands, green concession stalls, green paper cups, green folding chairs and visors for sale, green and white ropes, green-topped Georgia pines. If justice were poetic, Hubert Green would win it every year.
John Updike
All poetic inspiration is but dream interpretation.
Hans Sachs
France at the dinner table in faraway places; but here, among ourselves, in the family, let us face the facts: France is not poetic; to tell the truth, she even feels a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
Charles Baudelaire
English dramatic literature is, of course, dominated by Shakespeare; and it is almost inevitable that an English reader should measure the value of other poetic drama by the standards which Shakespeare has already implanted in his mind.
Lytton Strachey
I like that cartoons are now not only animated drawings, they are a way of doing something: ‘That song sounds very cartoony’, or ‘He has a cartoon face’. Like the word ‘poetic’, which usually means something different than a poem. But most of all cartoons are comforting, that’s the real reason I need them.
Jim Jarmusch
I definitely have a gift for language that is rhythmic and attractive to the ear, and I have interesting [verbal] imagery which I guess is a poetic touch.
George Carlin
My secrets must be poetic to be believable.
Mick Jagger
What the tender and poetic youth dreams to-day, and conjures up with inarticulate speech, is to-morrow the vociferated result of public opinion, and the day after is the character of nations.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The idea of being a writer attracts a good many shiftless people, those who are merely burdened with poetic feelings or afflicted with sensibility.
Flannery O’Connor
A poet is someone who stands outside in the rain hoping to be struck by lightning.
James Dickey
Nature has become something new. It is ours now, truly. And if our creation devours us, how poetic will that be?
Paolo Bacigalupi
That prose is a verse, and verse is a prose; convincing all, by demonstrating plain – poetic souls delight in prose insane
Lord Byron
Poetic knowledge is born in the great silence of scientific knowledge.
Aime Cesaire
Heroes in history seem to us poetic because they are there. But if we should tell the simple truth of some of our neighbors, it would sound like poetry.
George William Curtis
Emotionally, it was the hardest 33 days of my life, but it was worth it because the result is that this album is 100 percent me. It’s heartfelt, real, bold, honest, vulnerable, hopeful, strong, poetic, bluesy, gritty, pretty, and simple.
Christina Perri
The object of poetic activity is essentially language: whatever his beliefs and convictions, the poet is more concerned with words than with what these words designate.
Octavio Paz
The image is a pure creation of the mind. It cannot be born from a comparison but from a juxtaposition of two more or less distant realities. The more the relationship between the two juxtaposed realities is distant and true, the stronger the image will be – the greater its emotional power and poetic reality..
Pierre Reverdy
One of the most original and poetic works of cinema made anywhere in the seventies.
Werner Herzog
Some of our writers are starting to incorporate elements of social media, etc. in the work itself, which is all for the good, I think – finding new ways of being poetic.
George Saunders
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
Alfred de Musset
What I wish I had, is that I wish I was a little more Greek, in that I wish I could lose my North American driven attitude and that I could be a little bit more poetic and laissez faire.
Nia Vardalos
Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
Percy Bysshe Shelley
To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
Walt Whitman
In the beginning was the myth. God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child’s soul with poetry every day.
Hermann Hesse
It’s very human to try to put things into boxes, and it’s hard for us to reconcile with grey areas, and yet somehow that’s the area I find the most poetic, the juiciest.
Without a sense of place the work is often reduced to a cry of voices in empty rooms, a literature of the self, at its best poetic music; at its worst a thin gruel of the ego.
William Kennedy
Thrift is the really romantic thing; economy is more romantic than extravagance… thrift is poetic because it is creative; waste is unpoetic because it is waste… if a man could undertake to make use of all the things in his dustbin, he would be a broader genius than Shakespeare.
Gilbert K. Chesterton
A tattoo is a true poetic creation, and is always more than meets the eye. As a tattoo is grounded on living skin, so its essence emotes a poignancy unique to the mortal human condition.
V. Vale
You look at any poetic creature: muslin, ether, demigoddess, millions of delights; then you look into the soul and find the most ordinary crocodile!
Anton Chekhov
Affirmations are not bound up in rules. An affirmation can be long or short, poetic or plain. If you love a phrase and find that it helps you, that is a valid affirmation.
Eric Maisel
Shakespeare alternated between musical surrenders to social prestige and magnificent fits of poetic remorse.
Laura Riding
More generally, I made an effort to leave out things that weren’t relevant to the main narrative themes of the book, namely that there were two sides to Steve Jobs: the romantic, poetic, countercultural rebel on one side, and the serious businessperson on the other.
Walter Isaacson
I think it all comes from the same source, really, the writing of music, the writing of words, the playing of music. It’s what drives anyone to be interested in the arts. I think it’s a poetic gene; it’s a wanting to go beyond.
Stephen Hough
…A strange art – music – the most poetic and precise of all the arts, vague as a dream and precise as algebra.
Guy de Maupassant
I don’t believe there can be a poetic novel without political consciousness. I have a strong political conscience.
Marguerite Young
The music that we listen to these days, everything is right there in your face. There’s no real mystery. It’s not poetic. I want people to think. I want to make people listen to my lyrics.
Ro James
Like, I took no poetic license with ‘Schindler’s List’ because that was historical, factual documents.
Steven Spielberg
The poetry of this one is called philosophical, of that one philological, of a third rhetorical, and so on. Which is then the poetic poetry?
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
The poetic image […] is not an echo of the past. On the contrary: through the brilliance of any image, the distant past resounds with echoes.
Gaston Bachelard
The music of language became extremely important to me, and obvious to me. By the time I was seven I was writing myself. I was a poet
June Jordan
My suggestion is that at each state the proper order of operation of the mind requires an overall grasp of what is generally known, not only in formal logical, mathematical terms, but also intuitively, in images, feelings, poetic usage of language, etc.
David Bohm
Here undoubtedly lies the chief poetic energy: – in the force of imagination that pierces or exalts the solid fact, instead of floating among cloud-pictures.
George Eliot
I am not less poet; I am more conscious of all that I am, am not, and might become.
Jean Toomer
The connection between romantic politics and aesthetics is plain in Schiller’s and Novalis’s concept of the aesthetic or poetic state.
Frederick C. Beiser
I begin a book with imagery, more than I do with an idea or a character. Some kind of poetic image.
Rachel Kushner
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
Jean Cocteau
The philosophy of poetry must acknowledge that the poetic act has no past, at least no recent past, in which its preparation and appearance could be followed.
Gaston Bachelard
I fell in love when I was 21, after returning from Australia. It lasted for about two years before she dumped me. It was, in retrospect, a really wonderful thing because it made me very poetic and melancholic.
Rick Stein
Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
Carl Sandburg
My plays are for the kind of black people who relate to funk music, to Parliament-Funkadelic. When those guys get out of a spaceship – the idea that black people are from outer space, there’s a poetic truth to that. We are this vast people.
Suzan-Lori Parks
No one could ad lib like Peter. You would think that it was all scripted, he was so poetic, but it wasn’t.
Barbara Walters
Jazz is not something that can be defined through blunt instruments. It is much more poetic than that.
Pat Metheny
I don’t think my lyrics go so well when I try to sound poetic. Some people do that really well. If I did that I’d feel like it wouldn’t be genuine.
Chaz Bundick
We built everything – toilets included. I think those islands in the middle of nowhere are quite poetic. It’s kind of an Oriental Atlantis.
Karl Lagerfeld
When Reason BreaksВ is infused with a rare blend of suspense and sensitivity, despair and hope. The poetic spirit of Emily Dickinson shines through the gloom of daily struggles faced by modern teens, as they discover the possibilities where they dwell.
Margarita Engle
There exist only three beings worthy of respect: the priest, the soldier, the poet. To know, to kill, to create.
Charles Baudelaire
It has often been observed that the repercussion of poetic language on prose language can be considered a decisive cut of a whip.
Eugenio Montale
In mythology and palmistry, the left hand is called the dreamer because the ring finger on the left hand leads directly to the heart. I find it a very poetic idea. And that’s why I only wear nail polish on my left ring finger.
Gloria Vanderbilt
Documenting trips makes them that much richer. I stick in train tickets and business cards from restaurants. It makes the whole experience poetic, describing the sights, smells and sounds around me. It means I can relive the holiday years later.
Hayley Atwell
Photography is not documentary, but intuition, a poetic experience.
Henri Cartier-Bresson
Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
Thomas Aquinas
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
Wallace Stevens
Every true poet, I thought, must be original and originality a condition of poetic genius; so that each poet is like a species in nature (not an individuum genericum or specificum ) and can never recur. That nothing shd. be old or borrowed however cannot be.
Gerard Manley Hopkins
There are no poetic ideas; only poetic utterances.
Evelyn Waugh
Whether they are actual poets or their music exemplifies a poetic sensibility, generally speaking, the Americana artist shuns commercial compromise in favor of a singular vision. Which resonates with me.
Rodney Crowell
Fly-fishing is solitary, contemplative, misanthropic, scientific in some hands, poetic in others, and laced with conflicting aesthetic considerations. It’s not even clear if catching fish is actually the point.
John Gierach
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
Robert Frost
They best can judge a poet’s worth, Who oft themselves have known The pangs of a poetic birth By labours of their own.
William Cowper
I am anxious that the world should be inclined to look to painters for information about painting. I hope to show that ours is a regularly taught profession; that it is scientific as well as poetic; that imagination alone never did, and never can, produce works that are to stand by a comparison with realities.
John Constable
All poets adore explosions, thunderstorms, tornadoes, conflagrations, ruins, scenes of spectacular carnage. The poetic imagination is not at all a desirable quality in a statesman.
W. H. Auden
The poetic element lying hidden in most women is the source of their magnetic attraction.
Victor Hugo
Lighting is not about function. It’s much more about the mood and the emotion that the playwright and the director are trying to create. Our job is to support their poetic direction.
Jules Fisher
Writers need their totems, their altars. Mine, I feel, share the same randomness and utility of those belonging to painters I know, who are relentlessly visual and even poetic.
Kevin Young
But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse, the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
John Updike
In poetic thought, the role of the subconscious is played by euphony.
Joseph Brodsky
Everyone has ways of trying to find a way to memorise our past. There’s something very poetic about that.
Saskia de Brauw
DAISY: I never knew you were such a realist-I thought you were more poetic. Where’s your imagination? There are many sides to reality. Choose the one that’s best for you. Escape into the world of imagination.
Eugene Ionesco
As to London we must console ourselves with the thought that if life outside is less poetic than it was in the days of old, inwardly its poetry is much deeper.
Goldwin Smith
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
Thomas Gray
The adventure of the sun is the great natural drama by which we live, and not to have joy in it and awe of it, not to share in it, is to close a dull door on nature’s sustaining and poetic spirit.
Henry Beston
First I laughed my way through Elinor Lipman’s book of political tweets. Then I put my ear to the ground and listened to Molly Ivins guffawing from the grave. Lipman is a piquant poetic rock star!
Wally Lamb
I thought every other kid was like me. I’d watch films and act them out on my own and wish I could be one of the actresses. When I saw ‘Pride And Prejudice,’ the one with Colin Firth, I just absolutely knew that was what I wanted to do, and for ‘Cranford’ to be my first job was poetic, really.
Kimberley Nixon
Of course, you would have to be insane to hope your child grows up to be a playwright or poet. Given the odds, you would have to be quite cavalier about your children’s future.
Mark Helprin
Poetic language features an iconic rather than a predominantly conventional relationship of form and content in which all language (and cultural) elements, variant as well as invariant, may be involved in the expression of the content.”, “Analysis of the Poetic Text.
Yuri Lotman
Sometimes I wish I was poetic and subtle. I write very bold and blunt and tell it like it is.
There are in this world two kinds of natures, – those that have wings, and those that have feet, – the winged and the walking spirits. The walking are the logicians; the winged are the instinctive and poetic.
Harriet Beecher Stowe
In truth, every creation of the mind is first of all ‘poetic’ in the proper sense of the word; and inasmuch as there exists an equivalence between the modes of sensibility and intellect, it is the same function that is exercised initially in the enterprises of the poet and the scientist.
Saint-John Perse
By 12, my body had changed, although instead of blossoming into Cindy Mancini from ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ I more closely resembled Chunk from ‘The Goonies.’ My inside world may have been filled with a poetic and vital feminine life force, but the outside world saw and told me otherwise.
Ari Graynor
I write autobiographically, although I apply liberal amounts of poetic license.
Michael Franks
Love is sacred. Beauty is sacred. Flowers are sacred. Birds are sacred. And sacredness brings the perfume of love and compassion. Therefore love and compassion is the perfume of sacredness. It sounds rather poetic, but…God IS poetry.
Vasant Lad
I think the reason you see so many people dropping out of politics is because there’s an anti-poetic strain in modern political discourse.
Zephyr Teachout
I am a better novelist than a poet, playwright, or essayist.
Jose Saramago
Metaphysics abstracts the mind from the senses, and the poetic faculty must submerge the whole mind in the senses. Metaphysics soars up to universals, and the poetic faculty must plunge deep into particulars.
Giambattista Vico
That willing suspension of disbelief for the moment, which constitutes poetic faith.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
To be blunt, I feel like lyricism in Spanish is of a different quality than English. You can get really poetic in Spanish, but I feel like if you do that in English, you risk sounding cheesy. In Spanish, it’s never that. It’s always this deep, passionate, beautiful imagery; it’s painted different, a different color.
Jessie Reyez
A truly poetic canvas is an awakened dream.
Rene Magritte
The brain appears to possess a special area which we might call poetic memory and which records everything that charms or touches us, that makes our lives beautiful … Love begins at the point when a woman enters her first word into our poetic memory.
Milan Kundera
And so the Word had breath, and wrought With human hands the creed of creeds In loveliness of perfect deeds, More strong than all poetic thoughts; Which he may read that binds the sheaf, Or builds the house, or digs the grave, And those wild eyes that watch the waves In roarings round the coral reef.
Alfred Lord Tennyson
No poem is worth anything unless it starts from a poetic trance, out of which you can be wakened by interruption as from a dream. In fact, it is the same thing.
Robert Graves
Religion is indeed a convention which a man must be bred in to endure with any patience; and yet religion, for all its poetic motley, comes closer than work-a-day opinion to the heart of things.
George Santayana
The character and history of each child may be a new and poetic experience to the parent, if he will let it.
Margaret Fuller
Fables should be taught as fables, myths as myths, and miracles as poetic fantasies. To teach superstitions as truths is a most terrible thing. The child mind accepts and believes them, and only through great pain and perhaps tragedy can he be in after years relieved of them.
[Bob] Dylan thus deserves the Nobel Prize, not just for “new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition,” as the Nobel committee aptly described his work, but also for embodying the contradictions within it.
Jay Michaelson
Tension is an interesting quality – and architecture must have it. There should be elements of the inexplicable, the mysterious, and the poetic in something that is perfectly rational.
Annabelle Selldorf
The Oriental approach to violence is a much more aesthetic and poetic approach, whereas in the western world, violence is put in because you can’t solve the problem. Violence is always the last solution, but unfortunately, in cinema, it’s the first solution, because it’s easy. And it’s often too easy.
Nicolas Winding Refn
As you get older, you want less from the world; you just want to experience it. Any barriers to feeling emotions get dismantled. And ordinary things become beautifully poetic.
Richard Linklater
An exact poetic duplication of a man is for the poet a negation of the earth, an impossibility of being, even though his greatest desire is to speak to many men, to unite with them by means of harmonious verses about the truths of the mind or of things.
Salvatore Quasimodo
I don’t think you can strategize to be poetic and neither can you strategize to be funny. It is not a tool, it is itself – it comes from the moment, from the character, from the background, from the streets.
Elia Suleiman
I think that things are poetic when they don’t have a boundary. Without rules. My life is poetic.
Mark Gonzales
Poetic talent is really easy to fake when thy sentences doth no f-king sense make.
Bo Burnham
All the great things have been denied and we live in an intricacy of new and local mythologies, political, economic, poetic, which are asserted with an ever-enlarging incoherence.
Wallace Stevens
After all, the commonplaces are the great poetic truths.
Robert Louis Stevenson
I found a comfort in trying to solve some poetic problems because there were human ones I just couldn’t solve.
Edward Hirsch
A poem is really a kind of machine for producing the poetic state by means of words.
Paul Verlaine
It reminded him of his Uncle Seamus, the notorious and poetic drunk, who would sit down at the breakfast table the morning after a bender, drain a bottle of stout and say ‘Ah, the chill of consciousness returns
Molly O’Neill
I know that when you are experiencing failure, it’s pretty damn painful. It is easy in retrospect to wax poetic about it. But in the moment, you don’t think you will survive, let alone have the time to reflect on how valuable those lessons will be for you in the future.
Daniel Lubetzky
When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
John Crowe Ransom
He has turned defensive boxing into a poetic art. Trouble is, nobody ever knocked anybody out with a poem.
Eddie Shaw
I believe in living a poetic life, an art full life. Everything we do from the way we raise our children to the way we welcome our friends is part of a large canvas we are creating.
Maya Angelou
When we talk about music, we talk about our reaction to it. One person might say that music is so poetic, while another says it’s all mathematics. Yet another might say it’s about sensuality, and so on. That’s all true. But music is not just one of these things. It’s everything all at once.
Daniel Barenboim
I wanted the bike to be able to go over all kinds of terrains and especially infinite and poetic territories.
Philippe Starck
Living by synchronicity isn’t merely about getting messages. It is about growing the poetic consciousness that allows us to taste and touch what rhymes and resonates in the world we inhabit, and how the world-behind-th e-world reveals itself by fluttering the veils of our consensual reality.
Robert Moss
Khadi to me is the symbol of unity of Indian humanity, of its economic freedom and equality and, therefore, ultimately, in the poetic expression of Jawaharlal Nehru, ‘the livery of India’s freedom’.
Mahatma Gandhi
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn’t call himself a poet.
Bob Dylan
It’s very hard to say I’m surrealist. It’s like saying I’m poetic. It’s not something you want necessarily to be aware of.
Michel Gondry
Every healthy man can do without food for two days — but without poetry, never!
Charles Baudelaire
The arts help children learn to say what cannot be said. When children are invited to disclose what a work of art helps them feel, they must reach into their poetic capacities to find the words that will do the job.
Elliot W. Eisner
My plays are for the kind of black people who relate to funk music, to Parliament-Funkadelic. When those guys get out of a spaceship – the idea that black people are from outer space, theres a poetic truth to that. We are this vast people.
Suzan-Lori Parks
Personally, speaking as a historian and a storyteller, when it comes to inaccuracy in historical fictioneering, I follow the Shakespeare principle: I’m willing to overlook gobs of mistaken detail if the poetic valence is basically correct.
Rick Perlstein
I’m hunting for the truth. It might be a kind of poetic truth, and not just a factual one, because behind everything that happens to you, there is another truth, a secret life.
Anne Sexton
I never really knew what to do with my hair to begin with. When I was fat, I had incredibly long, unkempt hair. And there was kind of a poetic justice to losing something I was hiding behind.
Corey Stoll
And don’t worry about your lineage poetic or natural.
Frank O’Hara
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
W. H. Auden
The life of our city is rich in poetic and marvelous subjects. We are enveloped and steeped as though in an atmosphere of the marvelous; but we do not notice it.
Charles Baudelaire
I want to learn how to speak Urdu. I find it very interesting and soothing to ears. It is very poetic too.
Sourabh Raj Jain
Who among us has not dreamt, in moments of ambition, of the miracle of a poetic prose, musical without rhythm and rhyme, supple and staccato enough to adapt to the lyrical stirrings of the soul, the undulations of dreams, and sudden leaps of consciousness.
Charles Baudelaire
In ourselves, rather than in material nature, lie the true source and life of the beautiful. The human soul is the sun which diffuses light on every side, investing creation with its lovely hues, and calling forth the poetic element that lies hidden in every existing thing.
Giuseppe Mazzini
I see a great lack of stories around. I bought six literary magazines and looked through them to see what people were doing. There wasn’t a story in them. They were all about how poetic the feelings of the author were.
Keith Johnstone
A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can only be a footnote.
Yevgeny Yevtushenko
Poetic language is singularly appropriate for recounting the life of the king who is traditionally accepted as the author of the poetic psalms, some of which are included in the narrative.
Robert Pinsky
The pilgrim is a poetic traveler, one who believes that there is poetry on the road, at the heart of everything.
Phil Cousineau
In the poetic tradition, the heart’s affections are indeed holy, and if organizations are asking for people’s hearts and minds, they are asking in a way for their holy and hidden affections at the same time.
David Whyte
I’ve read there is no such thing as a single tear, that old poetic trope. And perhaps there isn’t, since hers was simply a companion to my own.
Elizabeth Kostova
Dreams have a poetic integrity and truth. This limbo and dust-hole of thought is presided over by a certain reason, too.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Poetic and speculative photographs can result if one works carefully and accurately, yet letting chance relationships have full play.
Frederick Sommer
I have always been fascinated by the poetic condition of twilight. By its transformative quality. Its power of turning the ordinary into something magical and otherworldly. My wish is for the narrative in the pictures to work within that circumstance. It is that sense of in-between-ness that interests me.
Gregory Crewdson
When I started Ashes and Snow in 1992, I set out to explore the relationship between man and animals from the inside out. In discovering the shared language and poetic sensibilities of all animals, I am working towards restoring the common ground that once existed when people lived in harmony with animals.
Gregory Colbert
For MallarmГ© naming an object meant suppressing three-quarters of its poetic pleasure (which consists in the joy of guessing bit by bit – “le suggГ©rer, voilГ  le rГЄve!”).
Umberto Eco
Short film: you can be poetic and you don’t have to answer anything. You can make whatever you want. You have creative freedom with short film.
Taika Waititi
There is nothing more poetic than the truth. He who does not see poetry in it will always be a poor versifier outside of it.
Admittedly or not, conscious or unconscious, the poetic state, a transcendent experience of life, is what the public is fundamentally seeking through love, crime, drugs, war, or insurrection.
Antonin Artaud
My art, like my acting, is a profound expression of poetic license.
Adam West
Judy Blume excels at describing how it feels to be invisible. So how poetic is it that Blume herself is suddenly everywhere?
Diablo Cody
These are the poems of a traveler and a lover who feels both the terror of time passing and the consolation of eternity. From such tension spring lovely poetic objects, ready for intelligent use.
Andrei Codrescu
There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
John Cage
France is not poetic; she even feels, in fact, a congenital horror of poetry. Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will always prefer are the most prosaic.
Charles Baudelaire
Music is the divine way to tell beautiful, poetic things to the heart.
Pablo Casals
Since the age of 15 poetry has been my ruling passion and I have never intentionally undertaken any task or formed any relationship that seemed inconsistent with poetic principles; which has sometimes won me the reputation of an eccentric.
Robert Graves
What’s better, a poetic intuition or an intellectual work? I think they complement each other.
Manuel Puig
I love Tennessee Williams; as a playwright, he’s so poetic.
Matthew Bourne
The poetic myths are dead; and the poetic image, which is the myth of the individual, reigns in their stead.
Cecil Day-Lewis
I can’t use logic concerning my feelings, my feelings demand musical notes, violins, guitar solos, the stomping of feet, poetic language, metaphors, poetic lines about birds or deserts or tree-crowded forests.
Noah Cicero
The goths are beautiful, a vast depth of subcultural, aesthetic and poetic ideas, and we would identify with that as we did back in 1979. But not the post modern distortion…the costume without the brain.
Peter Murphy
Romanian is a very beautiful, sensual, poetic language.
Herta Muller
Sense of self, and the way one shares it, is perhaps the most valuable and poetic gift in the arsenal of one’s life and craft.
Sean Penn
But Racine’s extraordinary powers as a writer become still more obvious when we consider that besides being a great poet he is also a great psychologist.
Lytton Strachey
You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
Joseph Joubert
Sappho and Emily Dickinson are the only woman geniuses in poetic history.
Camille Paglia
– How is he in bed? Gladiator or poet? – Hmmm… A poetic gladiator.
Nora Roberts
A poem is true if it hangs together. Information points to something else. A poem points to nothing but itself.
E. M. Forster
For wheresoe’er I turn my ravish’d eyes, Gay gilded scenes and shining prospects rise, Poetic fields encompass me around, And still I seem to tread on classic ground.
Joseph Addison
The poetic function is the set towards the message itself, focus on the message for its own sake which by promoting the palpability of signs, deepens the fundamental dichotomy of signs and objects.
Roman Jakobson
What Rob Brezsny does with words is grammarye, the Old English term for magic. With his strange brew of macho feminism and poetic rationalism, Brezsny weaves a yarn crazy enough to be true and real enough to subvert the literalist virus of cynicism now immobilizing the collective mindscape.
Antero Alli
I cannot pretend to do sculpture and make a woman the ridiculous pedestal of my pretensions. To render clothing poetic, yes–but one must preserve its dignity as clothing.
Yves Saint Laurent
As far as I was concerned, it was the absence of women in the poetic tradition which allowed women in the poems to be simplified. The voice of a woman poet would, I was sure, have precluded such distortion. It did not exist.
Eavan Boland
I was taught that poems don’t end, they just kind of stop. There’s never an ending to a poem; it’s a continuation for later. When I write, I write for me, and I write in poetic form.
Adrianne Harun’s dark, mysterious novel is by turns Gothic and grittily realistic, astute and poetic in its evocation of evil everywhere.
Andrea Barrett
I often think of the different ways Goethe and Darwin got at evolution. Goethe had the poetic conception of it all right; Darwin worked it out step by step. Who’s ahead? And which has any business scoffing at the other?
Susan Glaspell
From time to time, from the endless flow of our mental imagery, there emerges unexpectedly something that, vague though it may be, seems to carry the promise of a form, a meaning, and, more important, an irresistible poetic charge.
Leo Lionni
I try for a poetic language that says, This is who we are, where we have been, where we are. This is where we must go. And this is what we must do.
Mari Evans
How do poems grow? They grow out of your life.
Robert Penn Warren
The poetic side of me is Scottish.
Annie Lennox
One of the things women poets have been engaged in – among the other things they’ve been doing – is revising parts of the poetic self. Re-examining notions of the authority within the poem, and of the poem.
Eavan Boland
Look at almost any passage, and you’ll find that a paragraph has five or six metaphors in it. It’s not that the speaker is trying to be poetic, it’s just that that’s the way language works.
Steven Pinker
What I discerned in the U.S. was a convergence of poetic voices coming from many different rents in the social fabric, many cultures, many tributaries, which, together, make up the American poetry of the late twentieth century.
Adrienne Rich
I think I summed up my attitude to philosophy when I said: philosophy ought really to be written only as a poetic composition.
Ludwig Wittgenstein
In each verse, a decision awaits us, and we can’t choose to close our eyes and let instinct work on its own. Poetic instinct consists of an alert tension.
Octavio Paz
I know that we live after death and again and again, not in the memory of our children, or as a mulch for trees and flowers, however poetic that may be, but looking passionately and egocentrically out of our eyes.
Brenda Ueland
Sadness is poetic. You’re lucky to live sad moments. When you let yourself be sad, your body has antibodies. It has happiness that comes rushing in to meet the sadness.
Louis C. K.
It’s not often that scripts come across our desks that are written so poetic and so honest from our perspective, as a black man and a black woman in Hollywood.
Rob Morgan
Up to one’s last breath, one may retain the simple joys of childhood, the poetic ecstasies of the young person, the enthusiasms of maturity. Right to the end, one may intoxicate one’s spirit with flowers, with beauty and with smiles.
Eliphas Levi
Poetry, at all times, exercises two distinct functions: it may reveal, it may unveil to every eye, the ideal aspects of common thingsor it may actually add to the number of motives poetic and uncommon in themselves, by the imaginative creation of things that are ideal from their very birth.
Walter Pater
French photography was basically poetic, and mine was vulgar and brash and violent, except that there’s never any violence in the photographs: it’s only in the photographic style.
William Klein
The truth of religion comes from its symbolic rendering of man’s moral experience; it proceeds intuitively and imaginatively. Its falsehood comes from its attempt to substitute itself for science and to pretend that its poetic statements are information about reality.
Eugene Genovese
Racism is old, but Peele found a poetic new way of talking about it. He gave us language we didn’t know we lacked.
Wesley Morris
Red Dragon’s my favorite of the books, because it is written with such a poet’s ear. Whenever it gets really flowery and poetic and it’s dialogue, chances are that’s a Thomas Harris quote of some kind that’s kind of been repurposed or reinterpreted or re-imagined somehow. That’s where a lot of that poetry comes from.
Bryan Fuller
All great work artistic, poetic, intellectual or spiritual is produced at those moments when creators forget themselves altogether and are free from self-consciousness.
Walpola Rahula
I’m not someone that loves dialogue – I am someone that loves movement. Action, if it’s well done, can be very poetic and meaningful.
Denis Villeneuve
Patricia [Rozema] is really special, and she really worked hard to make the environment and the landscapes’ natural beauty come alive. She was not forceful with anything, but enabled it to really have this poetic nature.
Ellen Page
Faulkner’s characters, too, were uneducated. They were deprived, but they were allowed to have very rich inner lives. I want to advocate for that, for inner lives that are much more complicated and more poetic than we think.
Jesmyn Ward
Black is not sad. Bright colours are what depress me. They’re so… empty. Black is poetic. How do you imagine a poet? In a bright yellow jacket? Probably not.
Ann Demeulemeester
No band on 21st-century radio has mined pre-grunge hair-metal’s sleaze like L.A.’s Buckcherry. So it makes poetic sense that they’d spend their sixth album tallying all seven deadly sins.
Chuck Eddy
Whatever poet, orator, or sage may say of it, old age is still old age.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The one thing fiction and non-fiction writing have in common for me is that sense of trying to get the sentences to be minimal but at the same time be a little overfull – to encourage them to do a kind of poetic work.
George Saunders
Always be a poet, even in prose.
Charles Baudelaire
With this blistering salvo of poetic gutshots Lawson has proven himself Bizarro’s true bard, its mad laureate. Switching from dark whimsy to retina-blast shock to political outrage without missing a beat, The Troublesome Amputee is a powerful collection of pitch-black verse.
Jeremy Robert Johnson
In mythology and palmistry, the left hand is called the dreamer because the ring finger on the left hand leads directly to the heart. I find it a very poetic idea. And thats why I only wear nail polish on my left ring finger.
Gloria Vanderbilt
Back in the Seventies, we had a romantic, poetic vision of the future, like it was in the movie ‘2001: A Space Odyssey.’ It felt as if everything was still ahead of us.
Jean-Michel Jarre
Genius in general is poetic. Where genius has been active it has been poetically active. The truly moral person is a poet.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Jean Cocteau
Historical sense and poetic sense should not, in the end, be contradictory, for if poetry is the little myth we make, history is the big myth we live, and in our living, constantly remake.
Robert Penn Warren
Autobiography should be more stringent. It should adhere more to the standards of journalism – assuming that journalism has the truth. The memoir gives you more scope, is more poetic, and allows you to play around with your own life.
Frank McCourt
Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
Muriel Rukeyser
When I started making music, we’d lost a lot of our great people. Rock was moving in a direction I didn’t like. Rock was my generation’s revolutionary, sexual, poetic, and political voice, but it had become corporatized. It was going into stadiums. It was so far removed from its basic roots.
Patti Smith
How poetic you are,” she said. “I’ve a notion that poetry is the highest form of self-deception.
Gregory Maguire
Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
Leonard Cohen
…Poetic injustice…having made over Japan in our own image. The Japanese, …are now, next to us, the greatest consumers of meat in the world.
Mother Jones
Every intelligent person, whether he’s an artist or not – a mathematician, a doctor, a scientist – possesses a poetic way of seeing and describing the world.
Yehuda Amichai
God is a synergetic experience. Science can never reveal it, philosophy can never come to it – only a poetic approach, a very passive, very loving approach, can.
In religions which have lost their creative spark, the gods eventually become no more than poetic motifs or ornaments for decorating human solitude and walls.
Nikos Kazantzakis
George has left in his songs, in the transcendent beauty of his voice, and in the poetic expression of his soul, the very best of himself.
Andrew Ridgeley
French is the most beautiful,” he said, “and Italian is the most poetic, and Russian the most powerful, German the most solid. But more business is done in English than in any other.
Pearl S. Buck
I may not be poetic but i’d love to write songs that convey my true feelings.
Kim Tae-hyung
When it’s done with being graceful and poetic, language is meant to communicate, after all.
Max Barry
I think self-destructiveness is given a really bad rap. I think it can also mean self-reflection and poetic sensiblity. It can mean empathy, hedonism, a libertarianism.
Courtney Love
Architecture is the frame of human existence. We must dedicate this existence more to beauty. For if poetic principle has deserted us, how long are we going to last?
Frank Lloyd Wright
I’ve always been intrigued by cutout silhouettes. They are so intriguing, so poetic-the shadow of a soul. They tell everything about a character and they are open to be filled with one’s own imagination.
Ann Demeulemeester
Few things sound so beautiful as the poetic accent of a Welsh woman.
Steve Fowler
In the documentary impulse, two species of ‘fact’ exist side by side: one is coolly objective and the other is fraught, diverse and emotive; one figurative, the other abstract; one prosaic, the other poetic; one factual, the other romantic.
Stuart Franklin
Now that’s true poetic irony. I rush into battle to defend the fair name of Rose Larkin, and what does she do but fetch Robert to stop me.
Franny Billingsley
So the problem for the poetic artist or the photographer is the common problem of continuous attentiveness, continuous attempts to notice what he is noticing, continuous alertness to catch himself thinking or seeing, devotional attentiveness to the world he’s moving through.
Allen Ginsberg
Opera combines pretty basic theater and poetry, but the storyline itself is actually quite poetic and, after some digital research, taking that actual content and seeing it as undeniably poetic.
John Darnielle
I think of myself as a poet. I grew up with poetic influences – what I know from my background is the bardic poetry, which came down through oral tradition.
Every atom in your body came from a star that exploded. And the atoms in your left hand probably came from a different star than your right hand. It really is the most poetic thing I know about physics: you are all stardust.
Lawrence M. Krauss
Finally, good sense is the body of poetic genius, fancy its drapery, motion its life, and imagination the soul that is everywhere and in each; and forms all into one graceful and intelligent whole.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
The critics could never mortify me out of heart – because I love poetry for its own sake, – and, tho’ with no stoicism and some ambition, care more for my poems than for my poetic reputation.
Elizabeth Barrett Browning
They didn’t teach Nietzsche in the philosophy department at Harvard; philosophy there was strictly analytical stuff and the poetic ramblings of Nietzsche did not belong. And see – you are teaching it in a literature class – so they must have been right.
Dean Wareham
I love that he’s both comic and tragic, and highly poetic but also just dirty at times. … I love that within the world of Shakespeare’s plays, the whole world is sort of encompassed in a certain way.
Lauren Groff
Black is not sad… Black is poetic.
Ann Demeulemeester
One will never again look at a birch tree, after the Robert Frost poem, in exactly the same way.
Paul Muldoon
I think I’m a whole lot to handle. I definitely am, on every aspect. I’m the video director. I’m the graphics designer. I’m the rapper. I’m the visionary. I’m the music producer. I’m the executive producer. I’m just going to end it off to be poetic: I’m the future of music.
Kanye West
There is so much poetry, and yet nothing is more rare than a poetic work. This is what the masses make out of poetical sketches, studies, aphorisms, trends, ruins, and raw material.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
He was such a bad writer, they revoked his poetic license.
Milton Berle
I’m always trying to bring as many poetic properties as possible to the essay without making it too overburdened.
Alison Hawthorne Deming
Emotion is the surest arbiter of a poetic choice, and it is the priest of all supreme unions in the mind
Max Eastman
There is another old poet whose name I do not now remember who said, ‘Truth is the daughter of Time.’
Abraham Lincoln
I was a poet animated by philosophy, not a philosopher with poetic faculties.
Fernando Pessoa
The littlest thing can have the strongest connection when you’re grieving. Your Proustian, poetic nerve is turned up to ten.
Mike Mills
Th’ embroid’ry of poetic dreams.
William Cowper
The present is never poetic as it serves necessity, necessity, however, is prosaic.
Franz Grillparzer
Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably. In my poem Poetics, it’s as close as I come to telling how I do it.
Howard Nemerov
All the senses awaken and fall into harmony in poetic reverie. Poetic reverie listens to this polyphony of the senses, and the poetic consciousness must record it.
Gaston Bachelard
Shakespeare’s plays were a great Teutonic Valhalla with brilliant sunshine at times and violent tempests at others. The world to him was a battlefield, but his sense of poetic justice, his sublime faith in life and its infinite resources, guided the battles.
Bjornstjerne Bjornson
Photographic data… is still and ESSENTIALLY THE SAFEST POETIC MEDIUM and the most agile process for catching the most delicate osmoses which exist between reality and surreality. The mere fact of photographic transposition means a total invention: the capture of a secret reality.
Salvador Dali
Agosins poetic language engages the reader in a mesmerizing journey of inward reflection and exile.
Isabel Allende
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
Kenneth Koch
Men endowed with a wild imagination should have, in addition, the great poetic faculty of denying our universe and its values so that they may act upon it with sovereign ease.
Jean Genet
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
W. H. Auden
The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
Edward Dahlberg
He said, “You have pigs in this poem; pigs are not poetic.” I got up and walked out of that class and never went back.
Carolyn Kizer
Dancing is the body made poetic.
Ernst Bacon
A great man scarcely knows how he dines, how he dresses; but without railing or precision, his living is natural and poetic.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
He has fantastic powers. He can be imperious, abrupt, impatient with sloppy procedures, but he is also poetic, visionary, romantic. He is possessed by two geniuses: dry-eyed, rigorous exactitude, and generous leaps of imagination – non-rigid, non-uniform and innovative.
Warren Winiarski
Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
As to the pure mind all things are pure, so to the poetic mind all things are poetical.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Many a good poetic vein is buried under a trade, and never produces any thing for want of improvement.
John Locke
For all these new and evolutionary facts, meanings, purposes, new poetic messages, new forms and expressions, are inevitable.
Walt Whitman
‘Therefore’ is a word the poet must not know.
Andre Gide
This is not pessimism but rather casting a cold eye on things. It is only one man’s story, and I think that things will go better, but difficulties exist and nothing is served by hiding them under a poetic veil or under a lyricism of the past. I am against slogans.
Chinua Achebe
Every discourse, even a poetic or oracular sentence, carries with it a system of rules for producing analogous things and thus an outline of methodology.
Jacques Derrida
There’s no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money, either.
Robert Graves
Abstract art was the quivalent of poetic expression; I didn’t need to use words,but colors and lines. I didn’t need to belong to a language-oriented culture but to an open form of expression.
Etel Adnan
Poetic justice, poetic justice.. if I told you that a flower bloom in a dark room would you trust it. I mean I write poems in these songs.
Kendrick Lamar
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
Jean Cocteau
In many a poetic work, one gets here and there, instead of representation merely a title indicating that this or that was supposedto be represented here, that the artist has been prevented from doing it and most humbly asks to be kindly excused.
Karl Wilhelm Friedrich Schlegel
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
In poetic language, in which the sign as such takes on an autonomous value, this sound symbolism becomes an actual factor and creates a sort of accompaniment to the signified.
Roman Jakobson
Film is a narrative format. Some fashion films try to retain some of the poetic mystery, but most of the time they only end up looking like some crappy, pretentious film-school thing. So I think the interest in film is really about the fashion world finding another form of expression.
Johan Renck
Woody Allen is a genius. His films are wonderful. He’s poetic, but he’s also a critic. He artfully steps back from a social setting and criticizes it without – I suspect – without letting himself be vulnerable to it.
Mel Brooks
Dogmatic theological statements are neither logical propositions nor poetic utterances. They are ”shaggy dog” stories; they have a point, but he who tries too hard to get it will miss it.
W. H. Auden
1985 – That was my time in New York, and I have such poetic, fond memories.
George C. Wolfe
I do think my lyrics have gotten… not necessarily more poetic, but more open to interpretation; they’re less literal.
Lindsey Buckingham
They use the simple back and forth, the same, old rhythm That a baby can pick up, and join, right with ’em. But their rhymes are pathetic, they think they copacetic Using nursery terms, at least not poetic.
Kool Keith
Science does not mean an idle resting upon a body of certain knowledge; it means unresting endeavor and continually progressing development toward an end which the poetic intuition may apprehend, but which the intellect can never fully grasp.
Max Planck
We divert our attention from disease and death as much as we can; the slaughterhouses are huddled out of sight and never mentioned, so that the world we recognize officially in literature and in society is a poetic fiction far handsomer, cleaner and better than the world that really is.
William James
The trouble with the performance poets is that they don’t seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
Peter Davison
Every love has a poetic relevance of its own; each love brings to light only what to it is relevant. Outside lies the junk-yard of what does not matter.
Elizabeth Bowen
Homeopathy seemed . . . both mathematical and poetic.
Scarlett Thomas
Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
Vicente Aleixandre
A really good stand-up comic is a poet; it’s about the use of language. It can be really poetic. And I like politically conscious comedy.
Sherman Alexie
I have approached the buildings as psychological and poetic manifestations – rather than from the more technical viewpoints of the architect and historian (which mostly miss the living spirit behind the forms).
Clarence John Laughlin
I liked Jim Morrison a lot as a person. He was this very poetic character, and death was always on his mind. And it showed up in his songs – I mean, almost every song he wrote had something to do with dying. He was an American treasure that went way too soon.
Alice Cooper
Given a blank we can’t help trying to fill it in along lines of customary seeing or saying. But the best poetic lines undermine those habits, break the pre- off the -dictable, unsettle the suburbs of your routine sentiments, and rattle the tracks of your trains of thoughts.
Heather McHugh
In real life, having your poetry criticized by T.S. Eliot could cause you to doubt your poetic gifts. But imagining it in a dream has the opposite effect. That dream could become the source for a story.
Maria Konnikova
Eccentric doesn’t bother me. ‘Eccentric’ being a poetic interpretation of a mathematical term meaning something that doesn’t follow the lines – that’s okay.
Crispin Glover
A lot of them [Germaqn actors] could come in and we could speak for the next nine hours in English and there would be no problem. It was – but it was – English wasn’t the language for them to read poetry in. And there is a – there’s a poetic quality to my dialogue.
Quentin Tarantino
Every man who has ever been earnest to preserve his higher or poetic faculties in the best condition, has been particularly inclined to abstain from animal food
Henry David Thoreau
The next president of the United States will be the president that will celebrate 100 years of women having the right to vote. I mean, I think having a woman president lead that celebration would be, you know, one of these instances of history really working out right in a poetic and beautiful way.
Tim Kaine
It takes great labor to uncover the convincing simple speech of the heart. Poetic candor comes with hard labor, so even does impetuosity and impudence.
Kenneth Rexroth
I didn’t know until later, but my uncle was quite a famous bohemian in Glasgow, and he played guitar. My father was a kind of a poetic bohemian, and he read me poetry.
The challenge for a nonfiction writer is to achieve a poetic precision using the documents of truth but somehow to make people and places spring to life as if the reader was in their presence.
Simon Schama
I veer more toward the philosophical and the poetic than I do toward the alert and angry.
Michelle Stuart
The poetic impulse is distinct from ideas about things or feelings about things, though it may use these. It’s more like a desire to separate a piece of one’s experience & set it up on its own, an isolated object never to trouble you again, at least not for a bit. In the absence of this impulse nothing stirs.
Philip Larkin
You are ugly when you love her, you are beautiful and fresh, vital and free, modern and poetic when you don’t… you are more beautiful as an orphan than as your mother’s son.
Witold Gombrowicz
In everything I write, I seek out something which I term, ‘the music’. This is an energy centre which I cannot define and which lies beyond the realm of obvious poetic technique.
Suhayl Saadi
George Orwells 1984 frequently tops surveys of our greatest books: its not a celebration of poetic language. Its decidedly anti-literary, a masterpiece of personal and political narrative sequence. And its subject matter is crucial, because what 1984 shows is that language can be a dirty trick.
Graham Joyce
The primary and literal meaning of the Bible, then, is its centripetal or poetic meaning.
Northrop Frye
There are certain pursuits which, if not wholly poetic and true, do at least suggest a nobler and finer relation to nature than we know. The keeping of bees, for instance.
Henry David Thoreau
I think anyone who follows me knows how I react. It’s not always poetic and perfect but neither am I.
Chrissy Teigen
The more prose I wrote, the more the pendulum swung back toward the middle, merging some poetic sensibilities with the more fundamental elements of creative prose.
Alex Lemon
Even now, nature is the only flame, on which the poetic spirit feeds; from it alone it draws all its power, to it alone it speaks even in the artificial, in the man engaged in culture.
Friedrich Schiller
One of the most beautiful passages of Rousseau is that in the sixth book of Confessions, where he describes the awakening in him of the literary sense. Of such wisdom, the poetic passion, the desire of beauty, the love of art for its own sake, has most.
Walter Pater
Were you always such a stubborn, blind, obtuse girl?” “Are you calling me stupid?” “Yes, but in a more poetic way!” “Well, here’s a poem for you. Get lost!
Colleen Houck
There is something beautiful, touching and poetic when one person loves more than the other, and the other is indifferent.
Anton Chekhov
I have poetic failures all the time. Many failed poems. I try not to publish those, though some have slipped into each book, since I can’t always tell they’re failures until later… or I don’t want to admit that they are.
Matthea Harvey
The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.
Jean Cocteau
Poetic success is when you write a poem that makes you excited and bewildered and aglow.
Matthea Harvey
Adoration is not some fervent spiritual or poetic exercise reserved for a chosen few. I believe the human race will die out and destroy nature if it does not learn again how to adore God, the God in all of us, God shining and living in nature, and learn again how to act from and in that spirit of adoration.
Andrew Harvey
To contest an author’s right to create a poetic or realistic work is to want to force him to change his temperament, challenge his originality, refuse to allow him to use the eye and the intelligence nature has given him.
Guy de Maupassant
Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit. As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. It is the chief and most memorable success, for history is but a prose narrative of poetic deeds.
Henry David Thoreau
Even though you picture Russians as stoic, their language is really poetic.
Rachel Riley
You know, rap is sort of like a form of talking, right? So it’s like you can hear, you know, the slaves doing it. You can hear, like, you know, Africans and Jamaicans doing it just kind of as, like, a rhythmic, poetic conversation, you know, to a rhythm.
Poetry is innocent, not wise. It does not learn from experience, because each poetic experience is unique.
Karl Shapiro
I am constantly torn between the attitude of the conscientious journalist who is a recorder and interpreter of the facts and of the creative artist who often is necessarily at poetic odds with the literal facts.
W. Eugene Smith
I have a large personal collection of pictures. For every project, I choose images. Usually I don’t do this until I’ve done an extensive script breakdown and distilled the text down to poetic form. I have to plant enough seeds so that there will be vibration.
Christine Jones
How did I go from ‘Menace II Society’ to ‘Love Jones?’ There wasn’t a poetic moment or romantic bone in O-Dog’s body.
Larenz Tate
It seems the more I play Jane Austen, the more poetic my writing becomes. The other day, I left a Post-it note for my husband that had the word ‘ergo’ on it. I gotta rein it in before I get all full out Madonnannoying.
Donna Lynne Champlin
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness.
Robert Frost
A poet laureate of adolescent sexuality and middle-age longing.
William A. Henry III
I think of Gord Downie voice as Whitman-esque. He has a poetic voice that contains multitudes, both the suppleness of the instrument of his voice, and just the lyrical boundaries that he pushes, which are really always thrilling to me.
John K. Samson
Good style in prose is always hostage to the precision, speed, and laconic intensity of poetic diction.
Joseph Brodsky
I still believe many poets begin in fear and hope: fear that the poetic past will turn out to be a monologue rather than a conversation. And hope that their voice can be heard as that past turns into a future.
Eavan Boland
Faeries are not fantasy, but a connection to reality. Faeries are irrational, poetic, absurd, and very, very wise. Faeries say there is nonsense in dogma, and sense in nonsense. Faeries express themselves with high seriousness and low humour. Faeries are resistant to all definitions.
Brian Froud
As painters…we must always remember that our precious poetic visions and spiritual insights will remain forever locked within us until we can boil them down to a complex arrangement of a few hundred or possibly even thousands of brushstrokes.
Richard Schmid
It is true that the sky was always beautiful but I don’t remember marvelling at sunset or gazing at the dawn of a new day. Survival does not allow time for poetic reflection.
Izzeldin Abuelaish
Can I find a poetic that can be subversive enough to grab people in some subliminal way, to where they feel that they are altered and have had an experience that belonged to them?
Julian Schnabel
Being identified as a poet in France or Denmark or India one is greeted with gracious respect.
James Broughton
Humor has justly been regarded as the finest perfection of poetic genius.
Thomas Carlyle
All that’s left now is purely poetic work, putting more life into individual places, as I’ve made so sure of the fundamental mood and dimension of expression that it won’t leave me groping around in uncertainty any more.
Oskar Kokoschka
There can be no society without poetry, but society can never be realized as poetry, it is never poetic. Sometimes the two terms seek to break apart. They cannot.
Octavio Paz
A born poet knows in his cradle that a poetic life is the only life worth living.
James Broughton
I invented the colors of the vowels!–A black, E white, I red, O blue, U green–I made rules for the form and movement of each consonant, and, and with instinctive rhythms, I flattered myself that I had created a poetic language accessible, some day, to all the senses.
Arthur Rimbaud
I don’t agree with you in saying that in all human minds there is poetry. Man as he came from the hand of his Maker was poetic in both mind and body, but the gross heathenism of civilization has generally destroyed nature, and poetry, and all that is spiritual.
John Muir
Selectively pick a teacher, one that you respect, not just someone who can talk with wonderful poetic figures about enlightenment, but someone who has the personal power to bring you into altered states of awareness.
Frederick Lenz
I’m a boxing junkie, a serial-killer junkie, and a classical guitar junkie. All of these guys are great, poetic references.
Mark Kozelek
We may have an excellent ear for music, without being able to perform in any kind; we may judge well of poetry, without being poets, or possessing the least of a poetic vein; but we can have no tolerable notion of goodness without being tolerably good.
Anthony Ashley-Cooper, 7th Earl of Shaftesbury
Trinidadians love speaking their own English; it’s full of poetic forms and can be playful and lyrical and comical. Trinidadians are verbal acrobats, and I love being on the island just to hear the people speak.
Monique Roffey
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out. Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
A. E. Housman
The poetic image exists apart from causality.
Gaston Bachelard
I have never considered myself a poet. I have no interest in poetic artistry.
Muhammad Iqbal
From the night, his solitude, the poet finds day and starts a diary that is lethal to the inert. The dark landscape yields a dialogue.
Salvatore Quasimodo