“ But the gravest difficulty, and perhaps the most important, in poetry meant solely for recitation, is the difficulty of achieving verbal beauty, or rather of making verbal beauty tell. ”

- Lascelles Abercrombie

“ Sometimes the beauty is easy. Sometimes you don't have to try at all. Sometimes you can hear the wind blow in a handshake. Sometimes there's poetry written right on the bathroom wall. ”

- Ani DiFranco

“ I would define, in brief, the poetry of words as the rhythmical creation of Beauty. ”

- Edgar Allan Poe

“ An age which is incapable of poetry is incapable of any kind of literature except the cleverness of a decadence. ”

- Raymond Chandler

“ Every age has its own poetry in every age the circumstances of history choose a nation, a race, a class to take up the torch by creating situations that can be expressed or transcended only through poetry. ”

- Jean-Paul Sartre

“ I was apprehensive. I feared every time I talked about poetry, it would be filtered through the lens of race, sex, and age. ”

- Rita Dove

“ I like the beauty of Faulkner's poetry. But I don't like his themes, not at all. ”

- Manuel Puig

“ Poetry and beauty are always making peace. When you read something beautiful you find coexistence it breaks walls down. ”

- Mahmoud Darwish

“ When superstition is allowed to perform the task of old age in dulling the human temperament, we can say goodbye to all excellence in poetry, in painting, and in music. ”

- Denis Diderot

“ 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. ”

- Lafcadio Hearn

“ The reason can only be this: heroic poetry depends on an heroic age, and an age is heroic because of what it is, not because of what it does. ”

- Lascelles Abercrombie

“ What is more beautiful than a sea of water with a number of white-winged boats skirting its surface? Poetry and beauty contesting with the wind and the waves! ”

- George Matthew Adams

“ Such discussions help us very little to enjoy what has been well done in art or poetry, to discriminate between what is more and what is less excellent in them, or to use words like beauty, excellence, art, poetry, with a more precise meaning than they would otherwise have. ”

- Walter Pater

“ I am often asked why I started to write poetry. The answer is that my motivation sprang from a visceral need to creatively articulate the experiences of the black youth of my generation, coming of age in a racist society. ”

- Linton Kwesi Johnson

“ In a war situation or where violence and injustice are prevalent, poetry is called upon to be something more than a thing of beauty. ”

- Seamus Heaney

“ Not until the human heart is stolid to poetry, the human eye blind to beauty, not until the intellect ceases its quest for truth and conscience finds its quietus either in universal defeat or in triumphant success, will organized religion cease to be. ”

- Jenkin Lloyd Jones

“ The beauty, the poetry of the fear in their eyes. I didn't mind going to jail for, what, five, six hours? It was absolutely worth it. ”

- Johnny Depp

“ In a meadow full of flowers, you cannot walk through and breathe those smells and see all those colors and remain angry. We have to support the beauty, the poetry, of life. ”

- Jonas Mekas

“ Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous - to poetry. But also, it gives birth to the opposite: to the perverse, the illicit, the absurd. ”

- Thomas Mann

“ My dream is that people will find a way back home, into their bodies, to connect with the earth, to connect with each other, to connect with the poor, to connect with the broken, to connect with the needy, to connect with people calling out all around us, to connect with the beauty, poetry, the wildness. ”

- Eve Ensler