What better way to inspire young people about poetry than to provide them with an inspirational quote to begin a lesson, or to get them thinking? Here are a few which I have collected. Your contributions would be most welcome.
A poem is a city filled with streets and sewers/ filled with saints, heroes, beggars, madmen. (Charles Bukowski, a poem is a city)
All poetry is magic. It is a spell against insensitivity, failure of imagination, ignorance and barbarism. (Charles Causley, 1990)
Poetry is not the new rock’n’roll, it was the first rock’n’roll. (A Wilson, The Poetry Book for Primary Schools)
A poem is like a shot of espresso – the fastest way to get a hit of mental and spiritual energy. (Jeanette Winterson)
Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life. (William Hazlitt)
Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words. (Edgar Allan Poe)
Poetry is the opening and closing of a door, leaving those who look through to guess about what is seen during a moment. (Carl Sandburg)
Poetry lifts the veil from the hidden beauty of the world, and makes familiar objects be as if they were not familiar. (Percy Bysshe Shelley).
Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn. (Thomas Gray)
Poetry is an echo asking a shadow to dance. (Carl Sandburg)
Poetry is like making a joke. If you get one word wrong at the end of a joke, you’ve lost the whole thing. (W S Merwin)
Poetry isn’t a profession, it’s a way of life. It’s an empty basket; you put your life into it and make something out of that. (Mary Oliver)