Every word was once a poem. Every new relationship is a new word.
A picture is a poem without words.
I was reading the dictionary. I thought it was a poem about everything.
The time has come, the walrus said, to talk of many things: Of shoes and ships - and sealing wax - of cabbages and kings
Out of the huts of history's shame
Up from a past that's rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that's wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
The reading of a poem should be an experience. Its writing must be all the more so.
Practical to the end, it is the poem of his existence that triumphed finally;...
It is easier to write an indifferent poem than to understand a good one.
If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means, you have missed the body of the poem.
The one great poem of New England is her Sunday.
Goethe tells us in his greatest poem that Faust lost the liberty of his soul when he said to the passing moment, 'Stay, thou art so fair.'
The moment of change is the only poem.
Yes, there is a Nirvanah; it is leading your sheep to a green pasture, and in putting your child to sleep, and in writing the last line of your poem.
After listening to a lecture on evolution by a science professor, a student wrote a poem and titled it The Amazing Professor. The poem read: Once I was a tadpole when I began to begin. Then I was a frog with my tail tucked in. Next I was a monkey on a coconut tree. Now I am a doctor with a Ph.D.
A poem records emotions and moods that lie beyond normal language, that can only be patched together and hinted at metaphorically.
It seems just possible that a poem might happen to a very young man: but a poem is not poetry --That is a life.
The writing of a poem is like a child throwing stones into a mineshaft.
You compose first, then you listen for the reverberation.
A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness. It finds the thought and the thought finds the words.
Every old poem is sacred.
For me, a poem is an opportunity to kind of interrogate myself a little bit.
My favourite poem is the one that starts 'Thirty days hath September' because it actually tells you something.
Klopstock was questioned regarding the meaning of a passage in his poem.
He replied, 'God and I both knew what it meant once; now God alone knows.'
The dance is a poem of which each movement is a word.
He drew a circle that shut me out-
Heretic , rebel, a thing to flout.
But love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle and took him In !
From the poem Outwitted
Holding onto the naive belief that travel will open.
Now is History as fast as the mind remembers.
Scientific understanding is often beautiful, a profoundly aesthetic experience which gives pleasure not unlike the reading of a great poem.
The first time I got onstage was when I was about 5 years old.
It was at a church social, and I had a poem to recite.
Gentlemen, to the lady without whom I should never have survived for eighty, nor sixty, nor yet thirty years. Her smile has been my lyric, her understanding, the rhythm of the stanza. She has been the spring wherefrom I have drawn the power to write the words. She is the poem of my life.
That what is true of business and politics is gloriously true of the professions, the arts and crafts, the sciences, the sports. That the best picture has not yet been painted; the greatest poem is still unsung; the mightiest novel remains to be written; the divinest music has not been conceived even by Bach. In science, probably ninety-nine percent of the knowable has to be discovered. We know only a few streaks about astronomy. We are only beginning to imagine the force and composition of the atom. Physics has not yet found any indivisible matter, or psychology a sensible soul.
The art of writing is mysterious; the opinions we hold are ephemeral , and I prefer the Platonic idea of the Muse to that of Poe, who reasoned, or feigned to reason, that the writing of a poem is an act of the intelligence. It never fails to amaze me that the classics hold a romantic theory of poetry, and a romantic poet a classical theory.
On occasions, after drinking a pint of beer at luncheon, there would be a flow into my mind with sudden and unaccountable emotion, sometimes a line or two of verse, sometimes a whole stanza, accompanied, not preceded by a vague notion of the poem which they were destined to form a part of.... I say bubble up because, so far as I could make out, the source of the suggestions thus proffered to the brain was the pit of the stomach.
There is something about a bureaucrat that does not like a poem.
The chess pieces are the block alphabet which shapes thoughts;
and these thoughts, although making a visual design on the chess-board, express their beauty abstractly, like a poem... I have come to the personal conclusion that while all artists are not chess players, all chess players are artists.
We stand now where two roads diverge.
But unlike the roads in Robert Frost's familiar poem, they are not equally fair. The road we have long been traveling is deceptively easy, a smooth superhighway on which we progress with great speed, but at its end lies disaster. The other fork of the road -- the one less traveled by -- offers our last, our only chance to reach a destination that assures the preservation of the earth.
I have a spelling checkerIt came with my PC;
It plainly marks four my revueMistakes I cannot sea.I've run this poem threw it,I'm sure your pleased too no,Its letter perfect in its weigh,My checker tolled me sew.
Then read from the treasured volume the poem of thy choice, and lend to the rhyme of the poet the beauty of thy voice.