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Verse Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Verse

Please enjoy these Verse Quotes from the wise, the romantic, and the famous of the past and present.

Here with a Loaf of Bread beneath the Bough,
A Flask of Wine, a Book of Verse - and Thou
Beside me singing in the Wilderness -
And Wilderness is Paradise enow.
- Omar Khayyam

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Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose
petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo.
- Don Marquis

If Galileo had said in verse that the world moved,
the inquisition might have let him alone.
- Thomas Hardy

 

The earliest form in which romances appear is that of a rude kind of verse.
- Thomas Bulfinch

The clear French landscape is as pure as a verse of Racine.
- Paul Cezanne

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives
and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.
- John Barton

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Russell Baker writes columns as a poet writes light verse -
with tongue in cheek and a steady hand.
- Thomas D'Evelyn

Yes, the work comes out more beautiful from a material
that resists the process,
verse, marble, onyx, or enamel.
- Theophile Gautier

The heroes of our youth grow old - 'the boys of summer in their ruin,'
in Dylan Thomas's verse -
yet we seem the same.
- John Thorn

I think there's one thing which distinguishes our art -
we don't consider.
We don't think.
We write a little verse because it comes to us.
- Howard Nemerov

All the modern verse plays, they're terrible;
they're mostly about the poetry.
It's more important that the play is first.
- Denis Johnson

A great actor is independent of the poet,
because the supreme essence of feeling does not reside in prose or in verse,
but in the accent with which it is delivered.
- Lee Strasberg

Verse, singing, and speech have a common origin.
- Jean Philippe Rameau

Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down.
- Robert Frost

Do it again on the next verse, and people think you meant it.
- Chet Atkins

It should here be added that poetry habitually takes the form of verse.
- John Drinkwater

If a poem is not memorable, there's probably something wrong.
One of the problems of free verse is that much of the
free verse poetry is not memorable.
- Robert Morgan

I've read some of your modern free verse and wonder who set it free.
- John Barrymore

A beautiful line of verse has twelve feet,
and two wings.
- Jules Renard

Write verse, not poetry.
The public wants verse.
If you have a talent for poetry, then don't by any means mother it,
but try your hand at verse.
- Robert W. Service

With a lot of songs on this record, one verse doesn't
relate to the next verse.
I don't think that one day really relates to the next day in life.
- Neil Young

I was born to travel and write verse.
- Theophile Gautier

No verse can give pleasure for long,
nor last,
that is written by drinkers of water.
- Horace

The rudiment of verse may, possibly,
be found in the spondee.
- Edgar Allan Poe

What I do say is that I can write verse,
and that the writing of verse in strict form is the
best possible training for writing good prose.
- Philip Pullman

Most victims of my autobiographical verse are either far too polite,
remarkably understanding unaware that I have written poems about them.
- John Barton

The record Clef and I did was just sitting there.
So I said, Clef, I got a record, hit a verse on it.
He just went in, messed around and ended up doing the hook too.
- Pras Michel

First, I do not sit down at my desk to put into verse
something that is already clear in my mind.
If it were clear in my mind, I should have no incentive
or need to write about it.
- C. Day Lewis

The basic line in any good verse is cadenced...
building it around the natural breath structures of speech.
- Kenneth Rexroth

Verse satire indeed is entirely our own.
- Quintilian

No more pronouncements on lousy verse.
No more hidden competition.
No more struggling not to be a square.
- Louise Bogan

All which is not prose is verse; and all which is not verse is prose.
- Moliere

Sometimes I'll sing the same verse through the entire song,
because the other verses aren't clicking.
And when they do come to me, I'm in the middle of that same verse!
- Tom Araya

The fact that something is in a rhymed form or in blank
verse will not make it good poetry.
- Robert Morgan

But for a few phrases from his letters and an odd line or two of his verse,
the poet walks gagged through his own biography.
- John Updike

I couldn't believe verse was supposed to be hard.
It was a snap for me.
I loved Shakespeare.
- Ted Lange

Work in the theater sharpened my verse and my cinema.
- James Broughton

France is not poetic; she even feels,
in fact, a congenital horror of poetry.
Among the writers who use verse, those whom she will
always prefer are the most prosaic.
- Charles Baudelaire

You even called me stupid in your verse,
and I'm almost agreeing, for where stupidity is involved,
you are quite an expert, friend.
- Franz Grillparzer

Chicago sounds rough to the maker of verse.
One comfort we have - Cincinnati sounds worse.
- Oliver Wendell Holmes

Mostly the thought and the verse come inseparably.
In my poem Poetics, it's as close as I come to telling how I do it.
- Howard Nemerov

I've written many extra verses to songs that I learned to sing -
an extra verse about a friend,
or just add some verse - and that led to writing my own songs.
- Jackson Browne

I am not at all clear what free verse is anymore.
That's one of the things you learn not to know.
- Howard Nemerov

And what holds good of verse holds infinitely better in respect to prose.
- James Payn

Statues and pictures and verse may be grand,
But they are not the Life for which they stand.
- James Thomson

Their free verse was no form at all,
yet it made history.
- John C. Ransom

Some things remain fragments, just the lyrics and melodies
or a line or two or a verse.
- Tracy Chapman

No verse is libre for the man who wants to do a good job.
- Ezra Pound

I never abandoned either forms or freedom.
I imagine that most of what could be called free verse is in my first book.
I got through that fairly early.
- Howard Nemerov

You can't enjoy light verse with a heavy heart.
- Russell Baker

Verse is not written, it is bled; Out of the poet's abstract head.
Words drip the poem on the page; Out of his grief,
delight and rage.
- Paul Engle

The decision to write in prose instead of poetry is
made more by the readers than by writers.
Almost no one is interested in reading narrative in verse.
- Robert Morgan

So it is in poetry.
All we ask is that the mood recorded shall impress
us as having been of the kind that exhausts the imaginative capacity;
if it fails to do this the failure will announce itself
either in prose or in insignificant verse.
- John Drinkwater

I read and walked for miles at night along the beach,
writing bad blank verse and searching endlessly for
someone wonderful who would step out of the darkness and change my life.
It never crossed my mind that that person could be me.
- Anna Quindlen

When you translate poetry in particular,
you're obliged to look at how the writer with whom
you're working puts together words,
sentences, phrases, the triple tension between the line of verse,
the syntax and the sentence.
- Marilyn Hacker

One day, out of irritation, I said, you know all of
those years with the Royal Shakespeare Company,
all those years of playing kings and princes and speaking black verse,
and bestriding the landscape of England was nothing
but a preparation for sitting in the captain's chair of the Enterprise.
- Patrick Stewart

Everything that Traffic ever did, I'd give Steve a complete lyric,
titled, written out with the verse, the bridge,
the shape and rhyme and then Steve had to figure out
how the meter of the words would fit musically.
- Jim Capaldi

Our job is to make manifest the story,
to be it.
In a sense, the theatre is such a big star itself,
bigger than any Shakespearean actor I could hire,
that we should take the opportunity to fill it with
voice and verse and movement,
not interpretation.
- Mark Rylance

I recorded harp first or singing first.
I recorded it all together.
Part of the reason is that I don't know how to play
the songs without also singing.
I forget how they progress.
I don't think that any of them are verse,
chorus, verse, and so on.
They are not simple.
- Joanna Newsom

People and places are the source of my work,
both in prose and verse-and this remark is not the truism it seems,
for I do not distinguish as sharply between a place
and a person as most people seem to do.
- Leonard Alfred George Strong

My first name - I have no middle name -
was chosen by my father,
as he told me, on that solitary walk in the forested hills.
He selected it from a verse of the seventh chapter of Isaiah;
there was no Immanuel among our ancestors known to him.
- Immanuel Velikovsky

We learned a verse of this and that and we were having fun with the songs.
Tommy would make up stories to go along with them and I would yell at him,
'Hey, stupid, that's not right,' and he was like a
silly kid trying to impress.
- Dick Smothers

But I do not want to use Hungarian verses for British people.
- Gyorgy Ligeti

Many of today's verses are prose and bad prose.
- Eugenio Montale

My verses stand gawping a bit.
I never get used to this.
They've lived here long enough.
- Hugo Claus

The man is either mad, or he is making verses.
- Horace

A book of verses underneath the bough,
A jug of wine, a loaf of bread-and thou.
- Edward Fitzgerald

It is a fact often observed,
that men have written good verses
under the inspiration of passion,
who cannot write well under other circumstances.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson

To declaim freedom verses seems like a poem within a poem;
freedom requires guns,
it requires arms, but no feet.
- Franz Grillparzer

Caution: These verses may be hazardous to your solemnity.
- Russell Baker


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