quote by H. L. Mencken

Poetry has done enough when it charms, but prose must also convince.

— H. L. Mencken

Contentment Prose Poetry quotations

As poetry is the harmony of words, so music is that of notes;

and as poetry is a rise above prose and oratory, so is music the exaltation of poetry.

Prose poetry quote The best listeners listen between the lines.
The best listeners listen between the lines.

The tradition of Russian literature is also an eastern tradition of learning poetry and prose by heart.

Prose poetry quote I have nature and art and poetry and if that is not enough, what is?
I have nature and art and poetry and if that is not enough, what is?

He who writes prose builds his temple to Fame in rubble; he who writes verses builds it in granite.

You’re trying to take something that can be described in many, many sentences and pages of prose, but you can convert it into a couple lines of poetry and you still get the essence, so it’s that compression. The best code is poetry.

What I can say is that it was clear to many of us that an indigenous African literary renaissance was overdue. A major objective was to challenge stereotypes, myths, and the image of ourselves and our continent, and to recast them through stories- prose, poetry, essays, and books for our children. That was my overall goal.

Prose poetry quote Wine is bottled poetry
Wine is bottled poetry

Poetry is a language in which man explores his own amazement.

But every great scripture, whether Hebrew, Indian, Persian, or Chinese, apart from its religious value will be found to have some rare and special beauty of its own; and in this respect the original Bible stands very high as a monument of sublime poetry and of artistic prose.

All great questions must be raised by great voices, and the greatest voice is the voice of the people - speaking out - in prose, or painting or poetry or music; speaking out - in homes and halls, streets and farms, courts and cafes - let that voice speak and the stillness you hear will be the gratitude of mankind.

The Last Of England works with image and sound, a language which is nearer to poetry than prose. It tells its story quite happily in silent images, in contrast to a word-bound cinema.

Poetry is the language in which man explores his own amazement.

.. says heaven and earth in one word... speaks of himself and his predicament as though for the first time. It has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.

There was no really good true war book during the entire four years of the war.

The only true writing that came through during the war was in poetry. One reason for this is that poets are not arrested as quickly as prose writers.

Romance like a ghost escapes touching;

it is always where you are not, not where you are. The interview or conversation was prose at the time, but it is poetry in the memory.

I learned that to be amusing was not to be frivolous and that language - always the language - was the magic key as much to prose as to poetry.

Yet, it is true, poetry is delicious; the best prose is that which is most full of poetry.

One merit of poetry few persons will deny: it says more and in fewer words than prose.

The crown of literature is poetry. It is its end and aim. It is the sublimest activity of the human mind. It is the achievement of beauty and delicacy. The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.

The young student sits with his head bent over his books, and his mind straying in youth's dreamland; where prose is prowling on the desk and poetry hiding in the heart.

Poetry is to prose as dancing is to walking.

Prose on certain occasions can bear a great deal of poetry;

on the other hand, poetry sinks and swoons under a moderate weight of prose.

Writers quite often starve. And I'm mainly just writing critical prose and poetry, that's a formula for starvation.

Poetry is halfway between prose and music: it is sometimes like an intimate conversation, in words and phrases which need not be fully uttered, and sometimes like dancing and wordless music.

Yet poetry, though the last and finest result, is a natural fruit.

As naturally as the oak bears an acorn, and the vine a gourd, man bears a poem, either spoken or done. It is the chief and most memorable success, for history is but a prose narrative of poetic deeds.

Poetry is a beautiful way of spoiling prose, and the laborious art of exchanging plain sense for harmony.

There is something about poetry beyond prose logic, there is mystery in it, not to be explained but admired.

In the television age, the key distinction is between the candidate who can speak poetry and the one who can only speak prose.

Poetry has the virtue of being able to say twice as much as prose in half the time, and the drawback, if you do not give it your full attention, of seeming to say half as much in twice the time.

Eloquence is the poetry of prose.

A merely great intellect can produce prose, but not poetry, not one line.

The definition of good prose is proper words in their proper places;

of good verse, the most proper words in their proper places.The propriety is in either case relative. The words in prose ought to express the intended meaning, and no more; if they attract attention to themselves, it is, in general, a fault.

The borderline between prose and poetry is one of those fog-shrouded literary minefields where the wary explorer gets blown to bits before ever seeing anything clearly. It is full of barbed wire and the stumps of dead opinions.

For me, poetry is an evasion of the real job of writing prose.

Gil Thorpe is a great diversion and is to book writing as poetry is to prose.

Poetry seems to sink into us the way prose doesn't.

I can still quote verses I learned when I was very young, but I have trouble remembering one line of a novel I just finished reading.

Everything in creation has its appointed painter or poet and remains in bondage like the princess in the fairy tale 'til its appropriate liberator comes to set it free.