March 21st is World Poetry Day! In preparation for this marvelous event, I’ve selected 10 quotes from international poets. For this list, I’ve tried to put an emphasis on poets whose work wasn’t originally published in English. For myself, I used this event as a learning opportunity as I have very little experience in the area of poetry. Please feel free to add to this list in the comments!
10 Quotes in Preparation for World Poetry Day
- Nuala Ni Dhomhnaill
In the long months
that followed,I wonder if her heart fellthe way her arches fell,her instep arches.
“The Mermaid in the Hospital”
2. Anna Akhmatova
Call me a sinner,Mock me maliciously:I was your insomnia,I was your grief.
3. Octavio Paz
Beyond myself, somewhere,I wait for my arrival.
After a while you learn…That even sunshine burns if you get too much.So you plant your garden and decorate your own soul,Instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers.
Love is so short, forgetting is so long.
We need, in love, to practice only this: letting each other go.For holding on comes easily; we do not need to learn it.
However much you feed a wolf, it always looks to the forest.We are all wolves of the dense forest of Eternity
The minute I heard my first love story,I started looking for you, not knowinghow blind that was.Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere.They’re in each other all along.
Look, just as time isn’t inside clockslove isn’t inside bodies:bodies only tell the love.
We read the world wrong and say that it deceives us.