Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Favorite Quotes About Poetry

"A poem begins with a lump in the throat." Robert Frost

"I write poetry in order to live more fully." Judith Rodriguez

"Writing poetry is the hard manual labor
 of the imagination."  Ishmael Reed

"Breathe-in experience.
 Breathe-out poetry." Muriel Rukeyser

"The office of poetry is not to make us think accurately, but feel truly."
Frederick William Robertson

Do you have a favorite quote or poet?


  1. A favorite poet? Too many to mention. I love Adrienne Rich, Emily Dickinson, and Nikki Grimes. Langston Hughes and Robert Frost. John Prine. Joni Mitchell.

    This is not just about poetry, so forgive me: "There's something about a blank page that makes me tingle. I love how smooth, and crisp, and clean it is. I love how this plain and perfect piece of paper seems to be just waiting for me to baptize it with ink, to put my own special mark on it, to make it mine." Nikki Grimes from "Jazmin's Notebook"

  2. Maya Angelou, and Toni Morrison write with a poetic voice. I like your first quote.

  3. I like Robert Frost,Barb. His house is in Vermont and I hope to go on a day trip there this summer. Let's see. There are so many additional poets I like that it's hard to name just one. Take care and I hope you have a nice night. Susan

  4. Hi Barb,
    I love your Robert Frost quote about poetry.

    One quote about poetry that I read in a college literature class that sticks with me is from Archibald MacLeish: "A poem shouldn't mean, but be."

    Donna V.

  5. I have never thought of poetry that way. I amy have to give it a whirl. sandie