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91,460. The ultimate aim of a poet should be to touch our hearts by showing his own, and not to exhibit his learning, or his fine taste, or his skill in mimicking the notes of his predecessors. Thomas Hardy
83,367. The business of the poet and novelist is to show the sorriness underlying the grandest things, and the grandeur underlying the sorriest things. (Novel & Poetry) Thomas Hardy, notebook entry 19th April 1885
95,294. To find beauty in ugliness is the province of the poet. (Beauty & Poetry) Thomas Hardy, cited Florence Hardy
2,321. As a poet and as a mathematician, he would reason well; as a mere mathematician, he could not have reasoned at all. (Reason & Poetry & Mathematics) Edgar Allan Poe, The Purloined Letter
96,132. Poetry, even when apparently most fantastic, is always a revolt against artifice, a revolt, in a sense, against actuality. It speaks of what seems fantastic and unreal to those who have lost the simple intuitions which are the test of reality; and, as it is often found at war with its age, so it makes no account of history, which is fabled by the daughters of memory. James Joyce
3,456. The stars are the souls of dead poets. (Star & Soul & Poet) Vincent van Gogh
85,238. Poetry surrounds us everywhere, but putting it on paper is, alas, not so easy as looking at it. Vincent van Gogh
85,284. The poet ranks far below the painter in the representation of visible things, and far below the musician in that of invisible things. Leonardo da Vinci
4,798. Her [Sapho] sacred poetry opens up a sensual remarkable world. (Woman & Poetry) Professor Bettany Hughes, Divine Women II: Handmaids of the Gods, BBC 2012
7,128. Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry. (Read & Literature & Poetry) Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Angel
7,195. Poetry is not the most important thing in life ... I’d much rather lie in a hot bath reading Agatha Christie and sucking sweets. (Read & Book & Poetry) Dylan Thomas
7,212. I thought I’d begin by reading a poem by Shakespeare, but then I thought, why should I? He never reads any of mine. (Read & Poem & Shakespeare) Spike Milligan
9,238. And though poets I admire have published poems
Whose imperfections reflect our own decay,
I could never being a poem; ‘When I am dead’
In case it tempted Fate, and Fate gave way. (Death & Poetry & Fate) Robert McGough, 1982 poem
9,765. 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. (Art & Music & Poetry) Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
50,155. When many beauties grace a poem, I shall not take offence at a few faults. (Criticism & Poetry & Fault) Horace, Ars Poetrica
9,807. ‘Painters and poets alike have always had licence to dare anything.’ We know that, and we both claim and permit others this indulgence. (Art & Painting & Poetry) ibid.
85,315. Not gods, nor men, nor even booksellers have put up with poets being second-rate. ibid.
85,316. No verse can give pleasure for long, nor last, that is written by drinkers of water. Horace, Epistles
85,317. Skilled or unskilled, we all scribble poems. ibid.
85,318. I have to put up with a lot, to please the touchy breed of poets. ibid.
13,188. Your poem was actually worse than Mrs Doyle’s. (Catholicism & Poetry & Priest) Father Ted: Night of the Nearly Dead, Dougal to Ted
23,693. On no account should you allow a Vogon to read poetry to you. (Science Fiction Films & Poetry) The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy 2005 starring Martin Freeman & Sam Rockwell & Mos Def & Zooey Deschanel & Bill Nighy & Warwick Davis & Anna Chanccellor & John Malkovich & Kelly Macdonald et al, director Garth Jennings; viz novel Douglas Adams
23,694. Vogon poetry is widely accepted as the third worst in the universe. (Science Fiction Films & Poetry) ibid.
24,449. I call it Ode to Spot. (Star Trek & Poetry) Star Trek: The Next Generation: Schisms s6e5
26,188. Write again, write again. I’m not dead yet. I’ve got weeks and weeks to live ... What a pity it is that we can't change places for a fortnight. Here am I, aching for a quiet house to hide in and get poems off my chest. (World War I & Write & Poetry) Siegfried Sassoon, letter to Robert Nichols
26,470. Hear the words I sing –
War’s a horrid thing.
So I sing sing sing
Ding-a-ling-a-ling. (World War I & Poetry & War) Curtis & Elton, Blackadder Goes Forth: Plan F – Goodbyeee, Baldrick’s war poem
43,048. I’ve written a poem and I think perhaps it might help you:
Sometimes it must be difficult
Not to feel as if
You really are a cliff.
When fascists keep trying to push you over it.
Are they the lemmings or are you, Cliff? (Comedy & Poetry) The Young Ones: Demolition **** writers Curtis & Elton et al, Rick to Neil
43,070. Pollution. All around
But always – around.
Pollution. Are you coming to my town?
Or am I coming to yours?
Ha! We’re on different buses, Pollution.
But we’re both using petrol.
Bombs. (Comedy & Pollution & Poetry) The Young Ones: Bomb ***** Rick’s poem
45,721. Chaucer is the father of our poetry; Shakespeare is the father of our stage. (Stage & Poetry) Peter Ackroyd, The Lambs of London p35
46,257. 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. (Music & Poetry) Charles Darwin, Autobiography