Welcome to Poetry Quotes On World Poetry Day. I have collected and selected 71 Poetry Quotes On World Poetry Day. It is well known that with the initiative of UNESCO – United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization, 21 March is celebrated as World Poetry Day since1999.

On this day poets are appreciated and supported through out the world. Poetry festivals and events are held. They are held on line as well as off line.

Poetry Quotes brings out the importance, essence and beauty of poetry though different minds and also brings out a complete picture about poetry. Poetry does not have much readers, but there are some readers who love poetry.

The Poetry Quotes given here will definite help the readers to appreciate poem and can help to understand poem.

Let us read all the 71 poetry quotes……


  1. Poetry comes from the highest happiness or deepest sorrow. …. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM
  2. Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. …. EDGAR ALLAN POE
  3. Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility. …. WILLIAM WORDSWORTH
  4. Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood. …. T. S. ELIOT
  5. What makes you a poet is a gift for language, an ability to see into the heart of things, and an ability to deal with important unconscious material. When all these things come together, you’re a poet. But there isn’t little gimmick that makes you a poet. There isn’t any formula for it. …. ERICA JONG
  6. Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words. …. ROBERT FROST
  7. Poetry is a political act because it involves telling the truth. …. JUNE JORDAN
  8. Poetry is emotion, passion, love, grief – everything that is human. It is not for zombies by zombies. …. F. SIONIL JOSE
  9. Poetry is like a bird, it ignores all frontiers. …. YEVGENY YEVTUSHENKO
  10. Poetry is the lifeblood of rebellion , revolution, and the raising of consciousness. …. ALICE WALKER
  11. Poetry I feel is a tyrannical discipline. You’ve got to go so far so fast in such a small space; you’ve to burn away all the peripherals. …. SYLVIA PLATH
  12. Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history. …. PLATO
  13. Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity. …. SAMUEL BECKETT
  14. A poet’s work …. to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it from going to sleep. …. SALMAN RUSHDIE
  15. Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal. …. T. S. ELIOT
  16. Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks. …. PLUTARCH
  17. A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms to be struck by lightning 5 or 6 times. ….RANDALL JARRELL
  18. Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat. …. ROBERT FROST
  19. Poetry is about as much a ‘criticism of life’ as red – hot iron is a criticism of fire. …. EZRA POUND
  20. Poetry must be new as foam, and as old as the rock. …. RALPH WALDO EMERSON
  21. Poetry is the only art people haven’t learnt to consume like soup. …. W. H. AUDEN
  22. Prose = words on their best order; – poetry = the best words in the best order. …. SAMUEL TAYLOR COLERIDGE
  23. Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet believes to be interior and personal but which the reader recognizes as his own. …. SALVATORE QUASIMODO
  24. A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote. ….YEVGENY YENTUSHENKO
  25. Poetry is the deification of reality. …. EDITH SITWELL
  26. Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary. …. KHALIL GIBRAN
  27. If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all. …. JOHN KEATS
  28. Eloquence is heard; poetry is overheard. ….JOHN STUART MILL
  29. Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence; it breaks walls down. …. MAHMOUD DARWISH
  30. Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone. …. LAWRENCE FERLINGHETTI
  31. Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful. …. RITA DOVE
  32. The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth. …. JEAN COCTEAU
  33. The world is full of poetry. The air living with its spirit; and the waves dance to the music of its melodies, and sparkle in its brightness. …. JAMES GATES PERCIVAL
  34. You find poetry in your everyday life, your heart. …. CAROL ANN DUFFY
  35. I decided that it was not wisdom that enabled poets to write their poetry, but a kind of instinct or inspiration, such as you find in seers and prophets who deliver all their sublime messages without knowing in the least what they mean. …. SOCRATES
  36. A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds. …. PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
  37. When power leads man toward arrogance, poetry reminds him of his limitations. When power narrows the area of man’s concern, poetry reminds him of the richness and diversity of existence. When power corrupts, poetry cleanses. …. JOHN F. KENNEDY
  38. Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. …. THOMAS GRAY
  39. In science one tries to tell people, in such a way as to be understood by everyone, something that no one ever knew before. But in poetry, it’s the exact opposite. …. PAUL DIRAC
  40. 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. …. ANDRE LORDE
  41. What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music. …. SOREN KIERKEGAARD
  42. Poetry is the one place where people can speak their original human mind. It is the outlet for people to say in public what is known in private. …. ALLEN GINSBERG
  43. If my poetry aims to achieve anything, it’s to deliver people from the limited ways in which they see and feel. …. JIM MORRISON
  44. A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language. …. W. H. AUDEN
  45. The crown of literature is poetry. …. W. SOMERSET MAUGHAM
  46. Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. …. JAMES JOYCE
  47. I have nothing to say, I am saying it, and that is poetry. …. JOHN CAGE
  48. Every single soul is a poem. …. MICHAEL FRANTI
  49. Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power. Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded emotions, all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words. …. PAUL ENGLE
  50. One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose. …. VOLTAIRE
  51. No poem is easily grasped; so why should any reader expect fast results? ….JOHN BARTON
  52. Poetry is finer and more philosophical than history; for poetry expresses the universal and, history only the particular. ….ARISTOTLE
  53. There is no money in poetry, but then there’s no poetry in money either. …. ROBERT GRAVES
  54. God is the perfect poet. …. ROBERT BROWNING
  55. Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads. …. MARIANNE MOORE
  56. Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. …. WILLIAM HAZLITT
  57. Breathe – in experience, breathe – out poetry. …. MURIEL RUKEYSER
  58. Poetry is what gets lost in transition. …. ROBERT FROST
  59. You don’t make a poem with ideas, but with words. …. STEPHANE MALLARME
  60. Always be a poet, even in prose. …. CHARLES BAUDELAIRE
  61. Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted. …. PERCY BYSSHE SHELLEY
  62. Pain is filtered in a poem so that it becomes finally, in the end, pleasure. …. MARK STRAND
  63. Poetry is the art of uniting pleasure with truth. …. SAMUEL JOHNSON
  64. What the world wants, what the world is waiting for, is not Modern Poetry or Classical Poetry or Neo-Classical Poetry – but Good Poetry. And the dreadful disreputable doubt, which stirs in my own sceptical mind, is doubt about whether it would really matter much what style a poet chose to write in, in any period, as long as he wrote Good Poetry. …. G. K. CHESTERTON
  65. Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them. …. FRIEDRICH NIETZSCHE
  66. Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down. …. ROBERT FROST
  67. Poetry is what in a poem makes you laugh, cry, prickle, be silent, makes your toe nails twinkle, makes you want to do this or that or nothing, makes you know that you are alone in the unknown world, that your bliss and suffering is forever shared and forever all your own. …. DYLAN THOMAS
  68. The poet is the priest of the invisible. …. WALLACE STEVENS
  69. Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance. …. CARL SANDBURG
  70. If you cannot be a poet, be a poem. …. DAVID CARRADINE
  71. Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. …. VINCENT VAN GOGH


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