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po•et•ry(ˈpoʊ ɪ tri)
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- All good verses are like impromptus made at leisure —Joseph Joubert
- Composed poetry … like a dancer working at the barre, continually exercising the power of imagining, like a muscle that demanded flexing and stretching —Arthur A. Cohen
- Explaining how you write poetry … it’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife —Phillip Larkin
- He [the poet] approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. A poet’s pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification —E. B. White
- Like science, poetry must fix its thought in thing and symbol —Dilys Laing
- Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting —Robert Frost
- Like marijuana smoke are poet’s verses —Jaroslav Seifert
- Poems are like people … there are not many authentic ones around —Robert Graves
- The poet is like the prince of the clouds who rides the tempest … exiled on the ground, amidst boos and insults, his giant’s wings prevent his walking —Charles Baudelaire
- Poetry is like light —Delmore Schwartz
- Poetry is like painting; one piece takes your fancy if you stand close to it, another if you keep at some distance —Horace
- Poetry … is like spray blown by some wind from a heaving sea, or like sparks blown from a smouldering fire: a cry which the violence of circumstances wrings from some poor fellow —George Santayana
- Poets … are conductors of the senses of men, as teachers and preachers are the insulators —Karl Shapiro
The simile is taken from a prose poem entitled As You Say (not without sadness), Poets Don’t See They Feel It contains another simile which sheds light on the poet as one who strips away insulation: “He pulls at the seams [of insulation] like a boy whose trousers are cutting him in half.”
- Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things —Robert Frost
- Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo —Don Marquis, The Sun Dial, 1878
- Rhymes you as fast as a sailor will swear —Babette Deutsch
The simile is from a poem honoring John Skelton.
- They [poets] are honored and ignored like famous dead Presidents —Delmore Schwartz
- To try to read a poem with the eyes of the first reader who read it is like trying to see a landscape without the atmosphere that clothes it —W. Somerset Maugham
- To write a lyric is like having a fit, you can’t have one when you wish you could … and you can’t help having it when it comes itself —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
- Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down —Robert Frost
|Noun||1.||poetry - literature in metrical form |
epos - a body of poetry that conveys the traditions of a society by treating some epic theme
Erin - an early name of Ireland that is now used in poetry
lyric - write lyrics for (a song)
relyric - write new lyrics for (a song)
tag - supply (blank verse or prose) with rhymes
alliterate - use alliteration as a form of poetry
poetise, poetize, verse, versify - compose verses or put into verse; "He versified the ancient saga"
metrify - compose in poetic meter; "The bard metrified his poems very precisely"
sonnet - compose a sonnet
sonnet - praise in a sonnet
scan - conform to a metrical pattern
lyric - of or relating to a category of poetry that expresses emotion (often in a songlike way); "lyric poetry"
|2.||poetry - any communication resembling poetry in beauty or the evocation of feeling|
"Poetry is a kind of ingenious nonsense" [Isaac Barrow]
"Poetry is what gets lost in translation" [Robert Frost]
"Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen" [Fleur Adcock]
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity" [William Wordsworth Lyrical Ballads (preface)]
"Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life" [Matthew Arnold Essays in Criticism]
"Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry" [Gustave Flaubert letter]
"Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat" [Robert Frost]
"As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines" [Lord Macaulay Essays]
"Poetry (is) a speaking picture, with this end; to teach and delight" [Sir Philip Sidney The Defence of Poetry]
"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes" [Joseph Roux Meditations of a Parish Priest]
"Prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in their best order" [Samuel Taylor Coleridge Table Talk]
"Imaginary gardens with real toads in them" [Marianne Moore Poetry]
"Poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history" [Aristotle Poetics]
"Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it" [Jeremy Bentham]
"I am two fools, I know,"
"For loving, and for saying so"
"In whining poetry" [John Donne The Triple Fool]
"Poetry's a mere drug, Sir" [George Farquhar Love and a Battle]
"If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all" [John Keats letter]
"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo" [Don Marquis]
"Most people ignore most poetry"
"most poetry ignores most people" [Adrian Mitchell Poems]
"All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is prose" [Molière Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme]
"it is not poetry, but prose run mad" [Alexander Pope An Epistle to Dr. Arbuthnot]