Quotation Explorer - 'Poems'

...we could think or feel as we wished toward the characters, or as the poet, discounting history, invited us to; we were the poet's guest, his world was his own kingdom, reached, as one of the poems told us, through the 'Ring of Words'... - Janet Frame
I don’t believe he deserves the thousands of poems I’ve written about him, but life doesn’t follow rules. We do things for people who don’t necessarily deserve it. But we liked it, we loved it and fell in love enough to write about it. - Dominic Riccitello
I would venture to guess that Anon, who wrote so many poems without signing them, was often a woman. - Virginia Woolf
I could write novels about her forever. Maybe when I die I will end up in the poem with her writing more poems about our times together. The Diary - Jeremy Limn
Have you sipped your poems today? - Helvy Tiana Rosa
Poems have ideas. The ideas of poems come out of their emotions and their emotions are carried on images. - E.L. Doctorow
You have to love dancing to stick to it. It gives you nothing back, no manuscripts to store away, no paintings to show on walls and maybe hang in museums, no poems to be printed and sold, nothing but that single fleeting moment when you feel alive. - Merce Cunningham
I can't think of a case where poems changed the world, but what they do is they change people's understanding of what's going on in the world. - Seamus Heaney
If I knew where poems came from, I'd go there. - Michael Langley
The Amorous Shepherd is a fruitless interlude, but those few poems are among the world’s greatest love poems, because they’re love poems about love, not about being poems. The poet loves because he loves, not because love exists. - Álvaro de Campos
There's two kinds of women--those you write poems about and those you don't. - Jeffrey McDaniel
Poems can getsleepless tooand becomethe loneliest thingin the universe. - Sanober Khan
You never forget the books you loved as a kid. You never forget the poems you memorized, the first book you read until the cover fell off, the book you read hidden from your mother. What an honor to hold hands with a child's imagination in this way. - Meg Medina
If a writer writes poems and short stories and novels, but nobody ever reads them, is she really a writer? - Jennifer Weiner
You smug-faced crowds with kindling eye Who cheer when soldier lads march by, Sneak home and pray you'll never know The hell where youth and laughter go." "The War Poems - Siegfried Sassoon
Man may be considered as a superior species of animal who produces philosophies and poems in about the same way a silkworm produces their cocoons and bees their hives.
When she smiled at me, I felt unborn poems stirring within. - John Mark Green
Let there be no love poems writtenUntil love can exist freely andCleanly. - Amiri Baraka
Poems are soft kitten furs. smoothing out the rough edges of my world. - Sanober Khan
I've been writing poems since I was sixteen. Back then, poems were an obvious release for all the frustrations and anxieties associated with adolescence. Mostly, they were a way for me to impress girls, even though I never remember any girls being impressed. - Tony Magistrale
If you must write prose or poems, the words you use should be your own. Don't plagiarize or take 'on loan'. There's always someone, somewhere, with a big nose, who knows, who'll trip you up and laugh when you fall. - Morrissey
A fleeting second on someone's news feed,No dearth of meanings for those who read,Not my stories but 'tis what I think,I say I don't write poems, I just write dreams. - Sanhita Baruah
The poet Mallarmé listened to the painter Degas complaining about his inability to write poems even though he was full of ideas. My dear Degas, Mallarmé responded, poems are not made out of ideas. They’re made out of words. - Stéphane Mallarmé
Where were you when I undressed and told the tales of my day?Where were youwhenI was silent with God in prandial pray?Where were youwhen I recited love poems as I lay?Where were you? - Kamand Kojouri
It is, of course, we who house poems as much as their words, and we ourselves must be the locus of poetry's depth of newness. Still, the permeability seems to travel both ways: a changed self will find new meanings in a good poem, but a good poem also changes the shape of the self. - Jane Hirshfield
I want to be clear about this. If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. - Nikki Giovanni
Lineation can make your break your poems. - Katerina Stoykova Klemer
God would seem to indicate to us and not allow us to doubt that these beautiful poems are not human, or the work of man, but divine and the work of God; and that the poets are only the interpreters of the Gods... - Socrates
To write good poems is the secret of brevity. - Dejan Stojanovic
If more people recognized the difference between friendship and mere attraction, or how love must partake of both to prosper, I expect there'd be more happy people." "And a lot fewer poems and plays," I said, laughing as I splashed about in the scented water. - Sherwood Smith
Some poems are written great, some poems are written swell. But then there are poems that could win a prize in Hell. - Stanley Victor Paskavich
It is raining! In other words little poems are coming down from the sky! Nature is literature! Sun is a fable; forest is a story; birds are a theatre; mountains are a myth; rain is a poem! Nature is literature! - Mehmet Murat ildan
We weave together the many skeins of our words,Into poems and stories and books,And the books are made so much more vivacious and colourful,For all the care that is woven in along with the words. - Bree Verity
For if my poems have always been about survival--and I believe they have been--then survival too keeps revealing itself as an art of the unexpected. - Jane Cooper
There’s plenty of room for strangeness, mystery, originality, wildness, etc. in poems that also invite the reader into the human and alive center about which the poem circles. - Thomas Lux
Poems are difficult to silence. - Stephen Greenblatt
These poems, with all their crudities, doubts and confusions, are written for the love of man and in Praise of God, and I'd be a damn fool if they weren't. - Dylan Thomas
Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril. - Andrew Motion
In your light I learn how to love. In your beauty, how to make poems. You dance inside my chest where no-one sees you, but sometimes I do, and that sight becomes this art. - Jalaluddin Rumi
Poems are invisible flowers on my skin. - Sanober Khan
These poems are cupsthat I pour my life into.Here, Drink! - Kamand Kojouri
I read somewhere that dedications are like coded love letters, but I always seem to lay us out bare.Sorry for the poems. - Unknown
...few young poets [are] testing their poems against the ear. They're writing for the page, and the page, let me tell you, is a cold bed. - Stanley Kunitz
Writers don't write from experience, although many are hesitant to admit that they don't. ...If you wrote from experience, you'd get maybe one book, maybe three poems. Writers write from empathy. - Nikki Giovanni
When I’m depressed, I read Caeiro he’s my fresh air. I become very calm, content, faithful yes, I find faith in God, and in the soul’s transcendent living smallness, after reading the poems by that ungodly anti-humanist who goes unsurpassed on earth. - Álvaro de Campos
I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems - Philip Larkin
all the wordsall the poems know my warm, soft spots. - Sanober Khan
I thought about one of my favorite Sufi poems, which says that God long ago drew a circle in the sand exactly around the spot where you are standing right now. I was never not coming here. This was never not going to happen. - Elizabeth Gilbert
Ah men,why do you want all this attention?I can write poems for myself, make love to a doorknob if absolutelynecessary. What do you have to offer meI can't find otherwiseexcept humiliation? Which I no longerneed. - Margaret Atwood
It is spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems by heart. - Rainer Maria Rilke
Even the simplest poemMay destroy your immunity to human emotions.All poems must carry a Government warning. WordsCan seriously affect your heart. - Elma Mitchell
My earliest poems appear almost skeletal to me now - it seems I've learned to add meat, muscle and a nice suit of clothes. - Wanda Lea Brayton
Remember that good poets too can write bad poems! Talent has also a talent to be untalented! - Mehmet Murat ildan
Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you. - Virgil
I was working on the proof of one of my poems all the morning, and took out a comma. In the afternoon I put it back again. - Oscar Wilde
My poems - they sprang from the depths of my being. - Roseville Nidea
They want to knowwho I write these poems for.Tell them it's for all loversbecause I don’t see a differencebetween our loveand their love. - Kamand Kojouri
What have we here, laddie? Mysterious scribblings? A secret code? Oh, poems, no less! Poems, everybody! - Roger Waters
Your eyes are like heavy rain falling from pregnant clouds. With one glance, you washed awaythe poems I chalked on the groundand drowned all my beliefs.Now, I only scribble your name and believe in your truth. I know nothing but you. - Kamand Kojouri
I have written in my life many critical poems, but viewed in retrospect, they were merely a human harmless reflection, and not a true likeness of the real society of today. - Kristian Goldmund Aumann
Technology is grey. More technology, less colors. We're building a world with colors only in poems. - Magdalena Ciocan
The words we construct, the poems we write and the songs we sing, become the love story of a stranger we have never seen. - M.F. Moonzajer
I still can remember some of the poems and proverbs, I learnt in my childhood. - Laillah Gifty Akita
Modern poetry, for me, began not in English at all but in Spanish, in the poems of Lorca. - W.S. Merwin
we are all like poems. some of us rhyme. some don’t. some are Pulitzer prizessome are just scribblesand yet, we all possessa special kind of beautythat can either heal or cut to the boneone that can never quitebe fathomed, nor forgotten. - Sanober Khan
I don't write poems to melt your heart.I write them,so our heartscan melt together. - Subhan Zein
New research is lending texture and credence to what generations of storytellers have known in their bones that books, poems, movies, and real-life stories can affect the way we think and even, by extension, the way we act ["The Power of Story," Aeon, January 12, 2015]. - Elizabeth Svoboda
A novel is a hearty meal, but poems are the Belgian chocolates of the bookshelf. You can pick one and linger over it. Savour the aroma, the taste, the melting texture, the sweet craving it leaves behind! Or you can scoff down as many as you can eat. It’s up to you. - Vicky Arthurs
Talentless and incompetent as I am, there are two things I can do, and two things only: walk, with my own two feet; compose, composing my poems. - Santōka Taneda
The poems are all wrong. It's a bang, a really big bang. Not a whimper. And sometimes gold can stay. - Kami Garcia
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We fell them down and turn them into paper,That we may record our emptiness. - Kahlil Gibran
At times poems can be like riddles, too difficult to decipher or comprehend. But how else does one come to understand what can only be felt but not said? - Raneem Kayyali
But give thanks, at least, that you still have Frost's poems; and when you feel the need of solitude, retreat to the companionship of moon, water, hills and trees. Retreat, he reminds us, should not be confused with escape. And take these poems along for good luck! - Robert Graves
You just wait.Soon, lovers all over the worldwill be reciting poems dedicated to you.This is my promise. - Kamand Kojouri
I wrote too many poems in a language I did not yet know how to speak. - Andrea Gibson
You must take these poems as mirrors; for you know that the mirror has no form of itself, but rather reflects the face of anyone who looks in it. Just so a poem has no one particular meaning of itself , but presents to each reader his state of the moment and the completeness of his case - Ayn al-Qazat Hamadani Persian Mystic
It was as important to live poetically as to write poems. - James Broughton
Humanity i love you because youare perpetually putting the secret oflife in your pants and forgettingit's there and sitting downon itand because you areforever making poems in the lapof death Humanityi hate you - E.E. Cummings
Love is not a receiving material, It's a giving material. Like a pen;giving poems, Like a sun and moon;giving hot and cool, Like a person like you;giving love to your love! - AR Bharaty
My poems are hymns of praise to the glory of life. - Edith Sitwell
Poems are never finished - just abandoned - Paul Valéry
Here the frailest leaves of me and yet my strongest lasting, Here I shade and hide my thoughts, I myself do not expose them, And yet they expose me more than all my other poems - Walt Whitman
I try to apply colors like words that shape poems, like notes that shape music. - Joan Miró
The pure playfulness of certain wholly whimsical portions of (Charles) Cros’s work should not obscure the fact that at the center of some of his most beautiful poems a revolver is leveled straight at us. - André Breton
All the stories and poems and letters and oracles and wisdom verses of God's Word, like individual instruments in a great orchestra, serve THE WHOLE story. - James MacDonald
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