“A poet is an unhappy being whose heart is torn by secret sufferings, but whose lips are so strangely formed that when the sighs and the cries escape them, they sound like beautiful music… and then people crowd about the poet and say to him: “Sing for us soon again;” that is as much as to say, “May new sufferings torment your soul.” ~Søren Kierkegaard

Something about this quote I like. In this quote, I compare the poet to a caged song bird, who sings a sad, tortured melody, and everyone loves it because it is a melody they haven’t heard before. It is so beautiful it is eerie. They want the bird to keep singing no matter how sad and tormented he is knowing he may never be free. He sings for a crowd that may never understand him or his heart’s desires. Even if the bird was free, what would he do with his freedom? Hence, new sufferings.




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A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep. – Salman Rushdie

Reading some quotes today.  This one stood out. Like, “hey you… you should be writing today even though it’s Saturday and you want to relax.”

I’m easy to convince.  I love reading poetry quotes and Saturday is a great day to catch up on my writing! So my interpretation of the quote is…

As poets, we think about these feelings we have. Feelings we can’t name. Pent up emotions we don’t show and express. We put those into words. We name them. We quietly observe our surroundings. Not to pry or be intrusive. Because we are genuinely interested in the world and our surroundings. It is our passion. We create our own version of the events around us using our own perception.

The words we use — they are powerful— and we help people understand the events happening in a whole new way. Or help them understand feelings they have– or have not– experienced in a whole new way. Our words awaken. 

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Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings, and making music with them. ― Dennis Gabor

I stumbled upon this quote today. I am a music lover and poetry lover so instantly the quote made sense to me. Music has the same ability to pull at our heartstrings making us feel a wide range of emotions as poetry does. Both are beautiful expressions of art from the heart.

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 “Poetry is eternal graffiti written in the heart of everyone.” – Lawrence Ferlinghetti

Love this quote. It’s breathtaking to think something such as your words to another would leave such an everlasting mark on their heart. I like to think once you read a poem part of it is stuck on your heart forever, and stays within you. Kinda the same.

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“A perfect poem is impossible. Once it had been written, the world would end.”

Robert Graves

I found this quote today trying to stir up some inspiration to write. This is a beautiful quote about poetry. Graves quote is accurate. If a person wrote a perfect– by the world’s standards–  poem, the world would end. Why? Because everyone in the world would feel every emotion in it.