Don’t you love the Oxford Dictionary? When I first read it, I thought it was a really really long poem about everything.— David Bowie
Superior Poetry Reading quotations
Do you know what you are? You are a manuscript oƒ a divine letter.
You are a mirror reflecting a noble face. This universe is not outside of you. Look inside yourself; everything that you want, you are already that.
It is absurd and anti-life to be part of a system that compels you to listen to a stranger reading poetry when you want to learn to construct buildings, or to sit with a stranger discussing the construction of buildings when you want to read poetry.
Yes, I read. I have that absurd habit. I like beautiful poems, moving poetry, and all the beyond of that poetry. I am extraordinarily sensitive to those poor, marvelous words left in our dark night by a few men I never knew.
I read as much poetry as time allows and circumstance dictates: No heartache can pass without a little Dorothy Parker, no thunderstorm without W. H. Auden, no sleepless night without W. B. Yeats.
Reading poetry and watching cricket were the sum of my world, and the two are not so far apart as many aesthetes might believe.
A man should hear a little music, read a little poetry, and see a fine picture every day of his life, in order that worldly cares may not obliterate the sense of the beautiful which God has implanted in the human soul.
People who read poetry have heard about the burning bush, but when you write poetry, you sit inside the burning bush.
Children read to learn - even when they are reading fantasy, nonsense, light verse, comics or the copy on cereal packets, they are expanding their minds all the time, enlarging their vocabulary, making discoveries - it is all new to them.
Poetry is everywhere; it just needs editing.
Reading poetry is an adventure in renewal, a creative act, a perpetual beginning, a rebirth of wonder.
The useless days will add up to something.
The shitty waitressing jobs. The hours writing in your journal. The long meandering walks. The hours reading poetry and story collections and novels and dead people’s diaries and wondering about sex and God and whether you should shave under your arms or not. These things are your becoming.
If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once every week.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can ever warm me, I know that is poetry.
We have seen the best minds of our generation destroyed by boredom at poetry readings.
We pass the word around; we ponder how the case is put by different people, we read the poetry; we meditate over the literature; we play the music; we change our minds; we reach an understanding. Society evolves this way, not by shouting each other down, but by the unique capacity of unique, individual human beings to comprehend each other.
Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.
One good way to start writing poetry is to read all kinds of poetry: not just in order to imitate but to fill up your head with it, to absorb it, to make poetry an essential part of how you view the world.
We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.
We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race.
To feel most beautifully alive means to be reading something beautiful, ready always to apprehend in the flow of language the sudden flash of poetry.
If every head of state and every government official spent an hour a day reading poetry we'd live in a much more humane and decent world.
If I read a book and it makes my whole body so cold no fire can warm me, I know that is poetry. If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry. These are the only ways I know it. Is there any other way?
Poetry is not the most important thing in life.
.. I'd much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets.
The masters of information have forgotten about poetry, where words may have a meaning quite different from what the lexicon says, where the metaphoric spark is always one jump ahead of the decoding function, where another, unforeseen reading is always possible.
My mother - my stepmother, really, she herself have been what they call an elocutionist. And she was the one who first encouraged me to write poetry, because she used to read it to us. And then when I began to write when I was nine years old, my first poem was published in the Amsterdam News. I called it "The Graveyard."
I was in Paris at an English-language bookstore.
I picked up a volume of Dickinson's poetry. I came back to my hotel, read 2,000 of her poems and immediately began composing in my head. I wrote down the melodies even before I got to a piano.
But I am not political in the current events sense, and I have never wanted anyone to read my poetry that way.
Almost any poem has to be read twice, first for strangeness, second for clarity.
The ladies men admire, I've heard, Would shudder at a wicked word.
Their candle gives a single light, They'd rather stay at home at night. They do not keep awake 'till three, Nor read erotic poetry. They never sanction the impure, Nor recognize an overture. They shrink from powders and from paints... So far I've had no complaints.
In Australia, not reading poetry is the national pastime.
I read, read enormously on all different fields of Islamic thought, from philosophy to Islamic literature, poetry, exegeses, knowledge of the Hadith, the teachings of the prophet. That's how I trained myself. And then I was appointed imam by a Sufi master from Istanbul, Turkey.
I'm a professional and I'll do anything - a poetry reading, television, cinema, anything that allows me to act.
There has been a vast output of critical studies in contemporary poetry, some of them first rate, but I do not think that , as a rule, a poet should read them.
Nobody, I think, ought to read poetry, or look at pictures or statues, who cannot find a great deal more in them than the poet or artist has actually expressed. Their highest merit is suggestiveness.