Moving On Poems & Quotes

“Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul.” – Emily Dickinson

“The woods are lovely, dark, and deep but I have promises to keep…” – Robert Frost

But I have promises to

“But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep.” – Robert Frost

“Do not go gentle into that good night.” – Dylan Thomas

“I know why the caged bird sings.” – Maya Angelou

“I think of my best poems as vessels that I can or hope to fill with everything I have.” – Alex Lemon

The best poem is that

“The best poem is that whose worked-upon unmagical passages come closest, in texture and intensity, to those moments of magical accident.” – Dylan Thomas

“Human bodies are words, myriads of words, (In the best poems re-appears the body, man’s or woman’s, well-shaped, natural, gay, Every part able, active, receptive, without shame or the need of shame.)” – Walt Whitman

“I don’t think I’d ever get any better as a poet if I didn’t push myself, very deliberately, to grow. My best poems surprise me, as they should, but I fight them at every turn, possibly just because I’m stubborn.” – James Arthur

“For my best poems were all written when I felt the worst. When I was happy, I didn’t write anything.” – Langston Hughes

“The best poems take long journeys. I like poetry best that journeys–while remaining in the human scale–to the other world, which may be a place as easily overlooked as a bee’s wing” – Robert Bly

A collection of plants

“A collection of plants is not a landscape, any more than a list of choice words is a poem. The merit is in the design, not the material it is expressed in, and the best designs, like the best poems, make ordinary material significant by its arrangement.” – Nan Fairbrother

“People can put their best poems straight onto the web.” – Roger McGough

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