“A dog…is prose;
a cat is a poem.”
– Jean Burden
I’m a poet – and a cat person. So in honor of National Poetry Month, here is a small pawful of my favorite poem quotes and cat pix. Enjoy! – L.W.
“A poet is…
a person who is passionately in love with language.”
– W.H. Auden
“Poetry is life distilled.”
– Gwendolyn Brooks
“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.”
– Yevgeny Yevtushenko
“Poetry and I fit together.
I can’t imagine being without it…
It is food and drink, it is all seasons,
it is the stuff of all existence.”
– Lee Bennett Hopkins
“Like a piece of ice on a hot stove
the poem must ride on its own melting.”
– Robert Frost
“Never let the mud puddle get lost in the poetry
because, in many ways, the mud puddle is the poetry.”
– Valerie Worth
“Poetry is a language
in which man explores his own amazement.”
– Christopher Fry
“I am a revolutionary so my son can be a farmer
so his son can be a poet.”
– John Adams
“Poetry is like fish:
if it’s fresh, it’s good;
if it’s stale, it’s bad;
and if you’re not certain,
try it on the cat.”
– Osbert Sitwell
“A poet dares be just so clear and no clearer….
He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.
A poet utterly clear is a trifle glaring.”
– E.B. White
“If you can’t be a poet, be the poem.”
– David Carradine
“Poems are the ‘daredevil’ of writing
because a poem will say what nobody else wants to say.”
– Ralph Fletcher
“A good poem leaves me with further questions about
what came before and what came after,
just like a photograph.
Of course, I could make up my mind
that poetry is like pond algae, too.
Or even ice cream.”
– Thalia Chaltas
“Writing a poem is making music with words and space.”
– Arnold Adoff
“Prose is words in their best order;
Poetry is the best words in their best order.”
– Samuel Coleridge
“Poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.”
– G.K. Chesterton
“Poetry is the tunnel at the end of the light.”
– J. Patrick Lewis
“The distinction between historian and poet
is not in the one writing prose and the other verse…
the one describes the thing that has been,
and the other a kind of thing that might be.
Hence, poetry is something more philosophical
and of graver import than history,
since its statements are of the nature rather of universals,
whereas those of history are singulars.”
“We especially need imagination in science.
It is not all mathematics, nor all logic,
but it is somewhat beauty and poetry.”
– Maria Montessori
“As poets we are archaeologists of the interior and external worlds.
Our work builds bridges between the two.”
– Ellen Kelley
“I have no doubts that the Devil grins,
As seas of ink I spatter.
Ye gods, forgive my ‘literary’ sins –
The other kind don’t matter.”
– Robert W. Service
“I once found a pretty good poem in the ear of my cat.”
– Alice Schertle
Janet F. says
Love all the quotes and the cat pics. Arnold Adoff’s is one I have said before. After learning so many by heart it becomes clearer. And I love that the dog is prose and the cat, poetry. And Lee Bennett Hopkins’ “life is existence” rings so true. Plus E.B. White’s continuum. Thanks to Lee for a nice way to start my day. This is one to come back to.
Isn’t it a fun collection? I know I’ll reread when I need a bit of inspiration, too.