If there has been one overriding change in poetic practice, it is that under the influence of free verse the poets have made a primary virtue out of exactitude and economy of meaning: this has replaced metrical skill as the first thing the poet tunes to. - Martin Langford
How are poets able to unzip what they see around them, calling forth a truer essence from behind a common fact? Why, reading a verse about a pear, do you see past the fruit in so transcendent a way? - Elizabeth Berg
Okay, so he wasn't dreaming anymore, but did this fall into same song second verse? He would just have to play this out and see what happened. - Kindle Alexander
First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse something that is already clear in my mind. If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive or need to write about it. We do not write in order to be understood; we write in order to understand. - Cecil Day-Lewis
When composing a verse let there not be a hair's breath separating your mind from what you write; composition of a poem must be done in an instant, like a woodcutter felling a huge tree or a swordsman leaping at a dangerous enemy. - Bashō Matsuo
Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and ThouBeside me singing in the Wilderness -And Wilderness is Paradise enow. - Omar Khayyám
BLANK-VERSE, n. Unrhymed iambic pentameters -- the most difficult kind of English verse to write acceptably; a kind, therefore, much affected by those who cannot acceptably write any kind. - Ambrose Bierce
What's the earth With all its art, verse, music, worth - Compared with love, found, gained, and kept? - Robert Browning
The shortest verse in the Bible is 'Jesus wept.' The only thing wrong with it is the past tense. - Randy K. Milholland
God chose to introduce Himself to us in the first verse of Genesis as a Creator. And yet so few Christians really understand the power of creativity to influence the culture. - Phil Cooke
Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three times the written content.
La gente debería verse más como sus retratos y menos como en la vida real - Salvador Dalí
I have a book of poetry I believe many should read but in each verse you'll discover it wasn't written for greed. - Stanley Victor Paskavich
Don't call what isn't prophecy "prophecy." Don't say "the Lord told me" if you're not about to quote a Bible verse. - Dan Phillips
A poet that reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits.
Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms. - G.K. Chesterton
No one knows if I'm dying to laugh or to crySo my verse hasthis almost imperceptible thrillLife is sad, the world is crazy!Not worth killing yourself for itNot for anyoneFor no loveLife goes on, indifferently! - Mario Quintana
I was the solitary plovera pencil for a wing-boneFrom the secret notesI must tiltupon the pressureexecute and adjust In us sea-air rhythm"We live by the urgent waveof the verse - Lorine Niedecker
A good lecturer is shaped from a good researcher with good philosophy, but not vice verse. - Lecturing is a type of art.
The adventitious beauty of poetry may be felt in the greater delight with a verse given in a happy quotation than in the poem. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
RIME, n. Agreeing sounds in the terminals of verse, mostly bad. The verses themselves, as distinguished from prose, mostly dull. Usually (and wickedly) spelled "rhyme." - Ambrose Bierce
I've given offense by saying I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down. - Robert Frost
If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved, the inquisition might have let him alone. - Thomas Hardy
Next to theology I give to music the highest place and honor. And we see how David and all the saints have wrought their godly thoughts into verse, rhyme, and song.
There's U and I in universe! Uni = One, Verse = Spoken Sentence, so one spoken sentence created you and I! - Reed Abbitt Moore
I do not think he (Chester Arthur) knows anything. He can quote a verse from poetry or a page from Dickens or Thackeray, but these are only leaves springing from a root out of dry ground. His vital forces are not fed,and very soon he has given out his all. - Harriet Blaine
I could crawl inside the lyrics and know each note intimately. They would claw at my soul, until I could no longer fight the emotions that took me to a place I couldn't experience. But, it was the possibility that made every verse a heart filled prediction and every beat a direction to follow. - Shannon L. Alder
Of course, a single verse of the Holy Qur'an or a hadith moves the faithful to good actions, but volumes of books would not move an unwilling person who is like an ass carrying a load of books. - Muhammad Zakariyya Kandhalvi
The purpose of this life is to worship Allah the only God who has no partners or associates.And I (Allah) created not the jinn and mankind except that they should worship Me (Alone)Quran Chapter 51 verse 56 - Mahair Ashaboon
A poet who reads his verse in public may have other nasty habits. - Robert A. Heinlein