Poetry Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old poetry quotes, poetry sayings, and poetry proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.


Good poetry seems too simple and natural a thing that when we meet it we wonder that all men are not always poets. Poetry is nothing but healthy speech.     

Henry David Thoreau

Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows, and of lending existence to nothing.     

Edmund Burke

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words.     

Robert Frost

Poetry exists to extend human consciousness, to bring materials and insights from the unconscious dark into the light of language,     

Donald Hall

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.     

Carl Sandburg

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

Gustave Flaubert

Poetry is language surprised in the act of changing into meaning.     

Stanley Kunitz

Poetry is meant to inspire readers and listeners, to connect them more deeply to themselves even as it links them more fully to others. But many people feel put off by the terms of poetry, its odd vocabulary, its notorious difficulty.     

Edward Hirsch

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet, though he has never written a line in all his life.     

George Sand

Poetry is not only dream and vision; it is the skeleton architecture of our lives. It lays the foundations for a future of change, a bridge across our fears of what has never been before.     

Audre Lorde

Poetry is simply the most beautiful, impressive, and widely effective mode of saying things, and hence its importance.     

Matthew Arnold

Poetry is the statement of a relation between a man and the world.     

Wallace Stevens

Poetry can magnify experience.     

May Swenson

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

Thomas Hardy

Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.     

Leonard Cohen

Poetry is another way of encouraging people to think and feel deeply about their own lives and their relationships to other people and other communities.     

Hannah Ensor