Poetry Quotes

“Free verse is like free love; it is a contradiction in terms.” ―G.K. Chesterton
“she slammed the door andwas gone.I looked at the closed doorand at the doorknoband strangelyI didn’t feelalone.” ―Charles Bukowski,You Get So Alone at Times That it Just Makes Sense
“If I bet on humanity, I’d never cash a ticket.” ―Charles Bukowski
“a woman will tell youevery home she has ever inhabitedhas been broken intostarting with her body” ―Suheir Hammad,Zaatardiva
“We are made of all those who have built and broken us.” ―Atticus Poetry,Love Her Wild
“A precious, mouldering pleasure ’t is To meet an antique book, In just the dress his century wore; A privilege, I think.” ―Emily Dickinson,The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson
“grief is a housewhere the chairshave forgotten how to hold usthe mirrors how to reflect usthe walls how to contain usgrief is a house that disappearseach time someone knocks at the dooror rings the bella house that blows into the airat the slightest gustthat buries itself deep in the groundwhile everyone is sleepinggrief is a house where no one can protect youwhere the younger sisterwill grow older than the older onewhere the doorsno longer let you inor out” ―Jandy Nelson,The Sky Is Everywhere
“By daily dying, I have come to be.” ―Theodore Roethke,The Collected Poems
“You ask my love completest,As strong next year as now,The devil take you, sweetest,Ere I make aught such vow.Life is a masque that changes,A fig for constancy!No love at all were better,Than love which is not free.” ―Ernest Dowson,The Poems and Prose of Ernest Dowson
“Music, When Soft Voices DieMusic, when soft voices die, Vibrates in the memory; Odours, when sweet violets sicken, Live within the sense they quicken. Rose leaves, when the rose is dead, Are heap’d for the belovèd’s bed; And so thy thoughts, when thou art gone, Love itself shall slumber on.” ―Percy Bysshe Shelley,The Complete Poems