"Poetry is a kind of ingenious nonsense"
"Poetry is what gets lost in translation"
"Poetry is a search for ways of communication; it must be conducted with openness, flexibility, and a constant readiness to listen"
"Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings; it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquillity"
"Poetry is at bottom a criticism of life"
"Poetry is a subject as precise as geometry"
"Poetry is a way of taking life by the throat"
"As civilization advances, poetry almost necessarily declines"
"Poetry (is) a speaking picture, with this end; to teach and delight"
"Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes"
"Prose = words in their best order; poetry = the best words in their best order"
"Imaginary gardens with real toads in them"
"Poetry is something more philosophical and more worthy of serious attention than history"
"Prose is when all the lines except the last go on to the end. Poetry is when some of them fall short of it"
"I am two fools, I know,For loving, and for saying soIn whining poetry"
"Poetry's a mere drug, Sir"
"I'd as soon write free verse as play tennis with the net down"
"If poetry comes not as naturally as the leaves to a tree it had better not come at all"
"Writing a book of poetry is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo"
"rhyme being... but the invention of a barbarous age, to set off wretched matter and lame metre"
"Most people ignore most poetrybecausemost poetry ignores most people"
"All that is not prose is verse; and all that is not verse is prose"
"My subject is War, and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity"
"it is not poetry, but prose run mad"
She read, more than once, the two small volumes of poetry of Oliver Miles, which she had taken from the Malibu house.The Ambassador's Women
The poetry , on the other hand, sounded dully conventional, like Victorian verse.THE EXECUTION (2002)
We had to do something to earn a living, and I'd always been fond of poetry.Death of an Unknown Man