Popular Quotes and Sayings about Poetry

Never hold discussions with the monkey when the organ grinder is in the room. ~Sir Winston Churchill

Every English poet should master the rules of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them. ~Robert Graves

Poetry should please by a fine excess and not by singularity. It should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts, and appear almost as a remembrance. ~John Keats

When the water reaches the upper level, follow the rats. ~Claude Swanson

The poet judges not as a judge judges but as the sun falling around a helpless thing. ~Walt Whitman

Nothing endures but personal qualities. ~Walt Whitman

One ought, every day at least, to hear a little song, read a good poem, see a fine picture, and if it were possible, to speak a few reasonable words. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people. ~Adrian Mitchell