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

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

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I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

 

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

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God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

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

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

The Black Mountain poet I like most is the early Creeley.
Those early poems seem very lyrical and very traditional,
with a lot of voice and character.
- Robert Morgan

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

Jim wanted to be known as a poet, first and foremost.
- Ray Manzarek

The bad poet is usually unconscious where he ought to be conscious,
and conscious where he ought to be unconscious.
- T. S. Eliot

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.
- Oliver Goldsmith

You will find the poet who wrings the heart of the world,
or the foremost captain of his time,
driving a bargain or paring a potato,
just as you would do.
- Rebecca H. Davis

If a poet is anybody, he is somebody to whom things
made matter very little -
somebody who is obsessed by Making.
- e. e. cummings

What is a poet? An unhappy person who conceals profound
anguish in his heart but whose lips are so formed that
as sighs and cries pass over them they sound like beautiful music.
- Soren Kierkegaard

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

Potter is jealous of potter, and craftsman of craftsman;
and the poor have a grudge against the poor,
and the poet against the poet.
- Hesiod

No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived,
but most of them wish they were the only one alive,
and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
- W. H. Auden

The poet enjoys the incomparable privilege of being
able to be himself and others,
as he wishes.
- Charles Baudelaire

But here's the thing: what you do as a screenwriter
is you sell your copyright.
As a novelist, as a poet, as a playwright,
you maintain your copyright.
- Beth Henley

There are two men inside the artist,
the poet and the craftsman.
One is born a poet.
One becomes a craftsman.
- Emile Zola

In order to master the unruly torrent of life the learned man meditates,
the poet quivers, and the political hero erects the fortress of his will.
- Jose Ortega y Gasset

They think I'm going to be a schoolteacher but I'm going to be a poet.
- Janet Frame

A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.
- Douglas Dunn

A man is a poet if difficulties inherent in his art provide him with ideas;
he is not a poet if they deprive him of ideas.
- Paul Valery

The eye is the notebook of the poet.
- James Russell Lowell

A writer should have the precision of a poet and the
imagination of a scientist.
- Vladimir Nabokov

All poetry has to do is to make a strong communication.
All the poet has to do is listen.
The poet is not an important fellow.
There will also be another poet.
- Stevie Smith

The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.
- Simone Veil

What has any poet to trust more than the feel of the
thing? Theory concerns him only until he picks up his pen,
and it begins to concern him again as soon as he lays it down.
- John Ciardi

In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder,
and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for
him? Would this do or not?
- Robert Fitzgerald

No bad man can be a good poet.
- Boris Pasternak

The first man to compare the cheeks of a young woman
to a rose was obviously a poet;
the first to repeat it was possibly an idiot.
- Salvador Dali

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

American poetry, like American painting,
is always personal with an emphasis on the individuality of the poet.
- Diane Wakoski

The woman poet must be either a sexless,
reclusive eccentric, with nothing to say specifically to women,
or a brilliant, tragic, tortured suicide.
- Marilyn Hacker

The poet is the priest of the invisible.
- Wallace Stevens

To this congress the poet speaks not of peculiar and personal things,
but of what in himself is most common,
most anonymous, most fundamental, most true of all men.
- Richard Wilbur

The degree in which a poet's imagination dominates reality is,
in the end, the exact measure of his importance and dignity.
- George Santayana

It's the combination of the intimate and the public
that I find so exciting about being poet laureate.
- Rita Dove

One travels so as to learn once more how to marvel
at life in the way a child does.
And blessed be the poet, the artist who knows how to
keep alive his sense of wonder.
- Ella Maillart

The time of illusion, then, is the beautiful moment of passion;
it represents the artistic zone in which the poet or
romance writer ought to be free to do the very best that he can.
- Lafcadio Hearn

Philip Larkin has a tough honesty and sense of humor
that I find irresistible,
as a contemporary poet.
- Robert Morgan

It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can
earn much more money writing or talking about his art
than he can by practicing it.
- W. H. Auden

When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry.
The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing
facts as with creating images.
- Niels Bohr

Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year,
must alter; he must seek new literary influences;
he will have different emotions to express.
- T. S. Eliot

The writer of prose can only step aside when the poet passes.
- W. Somerset Maugham

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


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