We have included 17 of the most powerful excerpts from poetry in this post.
What Is Poetry?
According to Oxford, poetry is ‘literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm; poems collectively or as a genre of literature.’
According to Encyclopaedia Britannica it is ‘literature that evokes a concentrated imaginative awareness of experience or a specific emotional response through language chosen and arranged for its meaning, sound, and rhythm.’
These are lines that I find powerful, moving, and poignant.
17 Powerful Excerpts From Poetry
Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life? ~Mary Oliver She walks in beauty, like the night Of cloudless climes and starry skies; And all that’s best of dark and bright Meet in her aspect and her eyes… ~Lord Byron He was my North, my South, my East and West. My working week and my Sunday rest. My noon, my midnight, my talk, my song. I thought that love would last for ever: I was wrong. ~W.H. Auden Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the world, The blood-dimmed tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of innocence is drowned. The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. ~W.B. Yeats Dying is an art. Like everything else, I do it exceptionally well. I do it so it feels like hell. I do it so it feels real. I guess you could say I have a call. ~Sylvia Plath Do not go gentle into that good night, Old age should burn and rave at close of day; Rage, rage against the dying of the light. ~Dylan Thomas Hope is the thing with feathers That perches in the soul, And sings the tune without the words, And never stops at all ~Emily Dickinson Sometimes it takes darkness and the sweet confinement of your aloneness to learn anything or anyone that does not bring you alive is too small for you. ~David Whyte For last year’s words belong to last year’s language And next year’s words await another voice. And to make an end is to make a beginning. ~T.S. Eliot Time does not bring relief; you all have lied Who told me time would ease me of my pain! I miss him in the weeping of the rain; I want him at the shrinking of the tide; The old snows melt from every mountain-side, And last year’s leaves are smoke in every lane; But last year’s bitter loving must remain. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay so I wait for you like a lonely house till you will see me again and live in me. Till then my windows ache. ~Pablo Neruda I will remember the kisses our lips raw with love and how you gave me everything you had and how I offered you what was left of me. ~Charles Bukowski to live in this world you must be able to do three things to love what is mortal; to hold it against your bones knowing your own life depends on it; and, when the time comes to let it go, to let it go ~Mary Oliver I carry your heart with me (I carry it in my heart) I am never without it (anywhere I go you go,my dear; and whatever is done by only me is your doing,my darling) ~ee cummings As it has been said: Love and a cough cannot be concealed. Even a small cough. Even a small love. ~Anne Sexton We were so wholly one I had not thought That we could die apart. I had not thought That I could move,—and you be stiff and still! That I could speak,—and you perforce be dumb! I think our heart-strings were, like warp and woof In some firm fabric, woven in and out; Your golden filaments in fair design Across my duller fibre. ~Edna St. Vincent Millay I carry you with me into the world, into the smell of rain & the words that dance between people & for me, it will always be this way, walking in the light, remembering being alive together ~Brian Andreas
If you want to write poetry, you may enjoy this series on the craft:
- Poetry 101: What Is A Poem?
- Poetry 101: How To Analyse A Poem
- Poetry 101: Creating Figurative Language Using Literary Devices
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems – The Sonnet
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems – The Haiku
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems – Free Verse
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems – The Limerick
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems – The Villanelle
- Poetry 101: Kinds Of Poems: The Ballad
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