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Pearlty
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posted June 24, 2013 08:50 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Some poet or poetry/writing related quotations..
Please share any others you happen to like as well.

"The profoundest gift of the spirit of poetry
is the gift of peace."
~Powys


"Poetry implies the whole truth, philosophy
expresses a particle of it."
~Thoreau


"Eroticism is first and foremost a thirst for otherness. And the supernatural is the supreme otherness. This is perhaps the most noble aim of poetry, to attach ourselves to the world around us, to turn desire into love, to embrace, finally what always evades us, what is beyond, but what is always there – the unspoken, the spirit, the soul."
~ Octavio Paz

"The pearl is the disease of the oyster.
A poem is the disease of the spirit
Caused by the irritation
Of a granule of Truth
Fallen into that soft gray bivalve
We call the mind."
~Morley

"There is a pleasure in poetic pains
Which only poets know."
~Cowper

"The more articulate one is, the more dangerous words become."
~May Sarton

"The messages of great poems to each man and woman are, Come to us on equal terms, only then can you understand us. We are no better than you, what we inclose you inclose, what we enjoy you may enjoy."
~Whitman

"A poet is a bird of unearthly excellence, who escapes from his celestial realm arrives in this world warbling. If we do not cherish him, he spreads his wings and flies back into his homeland."
~Khalil Gibran

"Poetry, native and true poetry, is nothing
else than each poet's innermost feeling issuing in rhythmic language."
~Keble


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Pearlty
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posted June 25, 2013 09:35 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"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."
~Goethe

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posted June 25, 2013 01:03 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"Poetry is the place where language in its silence is most beautifully articulated. Poetry is the language of silence. If you look at a page of prose, it is crowded with words. If you look at a page of poetry, the slim word shapes are couched in the empty whiteness of the page. The page is a place of silence where the contour of the word is edged and the expression is heightened in an intimate way. It is interesting to look at your language and the words that you tend to use to see if you can hear a stillness or silence. One way to invigorate and renew your language is to expose yourself to poetry. In poetry your language will find cleansing illumination and sensuous renewal."
~John O'Donohue

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posted June 26, 2013 03:07 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"The task of art is to transform what is continuously happening to us, to transform all these things into symbols, into music, into something which can last in man’s memory. That is our duty. If we don’t fulfill it we feel unhappy. A writer or any artist has the sometimes joyful duty to transform all that into symbols. These symbols could be colors, forms or sounds. For a poet, the symbols are sounds and also words, fables, stories, poetry. The work of a poet never ends. It has nothing to do with working hours. You are continuously receiving things from the external world. These must be transformed and eventually will be transformed. This revelation can appear anytime. A poet never rests. He’s always working even when he dreams. Besides, the life of a writer is a lonely one. You think you are alone as the years go by, if the stars are on your side, you may discover that you are at the center of a vast circle of invisible friends whom you will never get to know but whom love you. And that is an immense reward."
~Jorge Luis Borges

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posted June 28, 2013 12:31 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Randall     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great idea! Just need more people in this Forum.

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Pearlty
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posted June 28, 2013 09:36 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

I'm just glad to have somewhere to
share these type of thoughts I've come
across over the years and enjoyed..

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posted July 03, 2013 10:20 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"Being a poet is like having an invisible partner. It isn't easy. But you can't live without it either. Talent is only 10 per cent. The rest is obsession."
~ Selima Hill

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"The religion of the short poem, in every age and in every literature, has a single commandment: Less is always more. The short poem rejects preamble and summary. It’s about all and everything, the metaphysics of a few words surrounded by much silence. …The short poem is a match flaring up in a dark universe."
~ Charles Simic

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posted July 11, 2013 03:53 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
W o w.... Just found this thread with all this depth you've deposited and banked here for our accounts, Pearlty!

'Quality' is wonderful!! I'll have to look through my things later and contribute here, too!

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posted July 12, 2013 10:51 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"People who lean on logic and philosophy and rational exposition end by starving the best part of the mind."
~W.B. Yeats

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posted July 12, 2013 10:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Thanks Mirage,
would love to see what you have to share..

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posted July 16, 2013 02:18 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

My own little thought- I had not too long ago..

There are poems
which happily write
themselves, imitating
the lighter side of life.
Then there are poems
lonely as the
dismal shaded night
breaking apart the mind.
Sinking lower and further
down into myself
so that, I may cry.

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posted July 17, 2013 02:19 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Pearlty:

My own little thought- I had not too long ago..

There are poems
which happily write
themselves, imitating
the lighter side of life.
Then there are poems
lonely as the
dismal shaded night
breaking apart the mind.
Sinking lower and further
down into myself
so that, I may cry.


...so deep and true

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Pearlty
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posted July 17, 2013 09:44 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will."
~Czeslaw Milosz

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posted July 17, 2013 10:14 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"Now I am going to reveal to you something which is very pure, a totally white thought. It is always in my heart; it blooms at each of my steps... The Dance is love, it is only love, it alone, and that is enough... I, then, it is amorously that I dance: to poems, to music but now I would like to no longer dance to anything but the rhythm of my soul."
~Isadora Duncan

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posted July 17, 2013 10:54 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Great idea, Pearlty! And I love the poem you wrote, and I love these quotes!

This is my favorite so far:

quote:
Originally posted by Pearlty:

"Poetry is the place where language in its silence is most beautifully articulated. Poetry is the language of silence. If you look at a page of prose, it is crowded with words. If you look at a page of poetry, the slim word shapes are couched in the empty whiteness of the page. The page is a place of silence where the contour of the word is edged and the expression is heightened in an intimate way. It is interesting to look at your language and the words that you tend to use to see if you can hear a stillness or silence. One way to invigorate and renew your language is to expose yourself to poetry. In poetry your language will find cleansing illumination and sensuous renewal."
~John O'Donohue

^ So true.

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posted July 17, 2013 11:02 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"All art, therefore, appeals primarily to the senses, and the artistic aim when expressing itself in written words must also make its appeal through the senses, if its highest desire is to reach the secret spring of responsive emotions. It must strenuously aspire to the plasticity of sculpture, to the colour of painting, and to the magic suggestiveness of music—which is the art of arts. And it is only through complete, unswerving devotion to the perfect blending of form and substance; it is only through an unremitting never-discouraged care for the shape and ring of sentences that an approach can be made to plasticity, to colour, and that the light of magic suggestiveness may be brought to play for an evanescent instant over the commonplace surface of words: of the old, old words, worn thin, defaced by ages of careless usage."

-Joseph Conrad



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posted July 17, 2013 02:55 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Faith, love this thought! ^^ and the photo as well.

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posted July 17, 2013 07:21 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for mirage29     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
quote:
Originally posted by Pearlty:

"The purpose of poetry is to remind us how difficult it is to remain just one person, for our house is open, there are no keys in the doors, and invisible guests come in and out at will."
~Czeslaw Milosz


... just a mirage *tiptoes back behind the veil*

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posted July 18, 2013 08:53 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Glad you liked it Pearlty

“One should always be drunk. That's all that matters...But with what? With wine, with poetry, or with virtue, as you chose. But get drunk.”
― Charles Baudelaire

"A good poem is a contribution to reality. The world is never the same once a good poem has been added to it. A good poem helps to change the shape of the universe, helps to extend everyone's knowledge of himself and the world around him.”
― Dylan Thomas

“Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay.”
― Janet Fitch

“Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.”
― Novalis

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posted July 18, 2013 09:42 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Faith, I love all of those!

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posted July 18, 2013 09:46 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

"Poetry is the journal of a sea animal living on land, wanting to fly in the air. Poetry is a search for syllables to shoot at the barriers of the unknown and the unknowable. Poetry is a phantom script telling how rainbows are made and why they go away." ~Carl Sandburg

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posted July 18, 2013 12:08 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Faith     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
^ Love it!

“Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.”
― Leonard Cohen

“Out of the quarrel with others we make rhetoric; out of the quarrel with ourselves we make poetry.”
― W.B. Yeats

“Poetry is an act of peace. Peace goes into the making of a poet as flour goes into the making of bread.”
― Pablo Neruda


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posted July 19, 2013 04:13 PM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote

Love all those too!
especially the last Neruda quote..
Simply beautiful.

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posted July 20, 2013 11:31 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
"We may feel bitterly how little our poems can do in the face of seemingly out of control technological power and seemingly limitless corporate greed, yet it has always been true that poetry can break isolation, show us to ourselves when we are outlawed or made invisible, remind us of beauty where no beauty seems possible, remind us kinship where all is represented as separation."
~ Adrienne Rich

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posted July 20, 2013 11:38 AM     Click Here to See the Profile for Pearlty     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
“A lot is being said today about the influence that the myths and images of women have on all of us who are products of culture. I think it has been a peculiar confusion to the girl or woman who tries to write because she is peculiarly susceptible to language. She goes to poetry or fiction looking for her way of being in the world, since she too has been putting words and images together; she is looking eagerly for guides, maps, possibilities; and over and over in the ‘words’ masculine persuasive force’ of literature she comes up against something that negates everything she is about: she meets the image of Woman in books written by men.”
~ Adrienne Rich

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