Five Great Quotations about Poetry

“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering–these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love–these are what we stay alive for.” – John Keating

“Poems are never finished – just abandoned.” – Paul Valéry

“Poetry expands the senses and keeps them in prime condition. It keeps you aware of your nose, your eye, your ear, your tongue, your hand.” – Ray Bradbury

“Poems are small moments of enlightenment.” – Natalie Goldberg

“A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.” – Yevgeny Yevtushenko