In the total darkness, poetry is still there, and it is there for you.
Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people.
All good poetry is forged slowly and patiently, link by link, with sweat and blood and tears.
The only thing that can save the world is the reclaiming of the awareness of the world. That’s what poetry does.
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.
Poetry, especially traditional Iranian poetry, is very good at looking at things from a number of different angles simultaneously.
It’s not easy to define poetry.
Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during the moment.
Poetry and prayer are very similar.
Why should poetry have to make sense?
All religion, my friend, is simply evolved out of fraud, fear, greed, imagination, and poetry.
The death of a beautiful woman, is unquestionably the most poetical topic in the world.
The last thing one discovers in composing a work is what to put first.
Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has, it may be inadvisable to draw it out… Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.
Besides the actual reading in class of many poems, I would suggest you do two things: first, while teaching everything you can and keeping free of it, teach that poetry is a mode of discourse that differs from logical exposition.
I am grateful for – though I can’t keep up with – the flood of articles, theses, and textbooks that mean to share insight concerning the nature of poetry.
If we ask a vague question, such as, ‘What is poetry?’ we expect a vague answer, such as, ‘Poetry is the music of words,’ or ‘Poetry is the linguistic correction of disorder.’
Once every five hundred years or so, a summary statement about poetry comes along that we can’t imagine ourselves living without.