We make out of the quarrel with others, rhetoric, but of the quarrel with ourselves, poetry.
--William Butler Yeats
Poems are just stories...with the boring parts left out.
--W. H. Auden
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
--T. S. Eliot
Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
I gave up on new poetry myself thirty years ago, when most of it began to read like coded messages passing between lonely aliens on a hostile world.
There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money, either.
Poetry is to philosophy what the Sabbath is to the rest of the week.
--Augustus William Hare and Julius Charles Hare
Poetry is life distilled.
Poetry is not an expression of the party line. It's that time of night, lying in bed, thinking what you really think, making the private world public, that's what the poet does.
Poetry is a journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly the air.