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Poets Quotes and Sayings
Quotes about Poets

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

Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast
possession of definition.
- Eli Khamarov

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Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

Poets have said that the reason to have children is
to give yourself immortality.
Immortality? Now that I have five children,
my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
- Bill Cosby

 

Nobody has ever measured, not even poets,
how much the heart can hold.
- Zelda Fitzgerald

We all write poems; it is simply that poets are the ones who write in words.
- John Fowles

The poets have been mysteriously silent on the subject of cheese.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

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Example moves the world more than doctrine.
The great exemplars are the poets of action,
and it makes little difference whether they be forces
for good or forces for evil.
- Henry Miller

America may have great poets and novelists,
but she never will have more than one necromancer.
- Rebecca H. Davis

Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present,
called Truth the daughter of Time.
- Aulus Gellius

Poets are like baseball pitchers.
Both have their moments.
The intervals are the tough things.
- Robert Frost

Poets lose half the praise they should have got,
Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
- Edmund Waller

Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
- Anne Stevenson

I'm inspired by the poets, so I'm always going to give in that direction,
rather than in any other.
It's the making of me...
and also the downfall of me.
- Roy Harper

Without poets, without artists, men would soon weary of nature's monotony.
- Guillaume Apollinaire

Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of
the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
- Robert Adamson

It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems
about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
- Philip Dunne

My sisters were going out with artists and poets,
and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
- Luc Ferrari

In our period, they say there is free speech.
They say there is no penalty for poets,
There is no penalty for writing poems.
They say this.
This is the penalty.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
- Mary MacLane

Of course poets have morals and manners of their own,
and custom is no argument with them.
- Thomas Hardy

Poets are born, not paid.
- Addison Mizner

The bicycle, the bicycle surely, should always be the
vehicle of novelists and poets.
- Christopher Morley

My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter.
I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
- Rita Dove

I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot,
with long drooping ends.
I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors,
poets, wearing this style of tie.
- Carl Sandburg

The community of poets I belong to is not as close as it used to be,
if only for the fact that our lives have become busier:
jobs,
children, and the like.
- John Barton

Most poets, like most people, try hard to be like someone
they admire or they are possessed with an image of what they ought to be.
- James Broughton

I defer to all these other American poets who,
for some reason, I both envy and admire.
- Charles Olson

The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed
dauntingly sure of themselves -
although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
- Helen Dunmore

The scholars and poets of an earlier time can be read
only with a dictionary to help.
- Carl Sandburg

Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which
many poets engage in to some extent.
- Paul Muldoon

The trouble with the performance poets is that they
don't seem to have read anything.
So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
- Peter Davison

And if we must educate our poets and artists in science,
we must educate our masters, labour and capital,
in art.
- John B. S. Haldane

Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

Southern poets are still writing narrative poems,
poems in forms, dramatic poems.
- Robert Morgan

Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
- Kenneth Koch

In working on a poem, I love to revise.
Lots of younger poets don't enjoy this,
but in the process of revision I discover things.
- Rita Dove

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

I can't look at things in the simple,
large way that great poets do.
- Isaac Rosenberg

American poets celebrate their bodies,
very specifically, as Whitman did.
- Diane Wakoski

But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?
- H. P. Lovecraft

I think one ages and one dates.
I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
- James Laughlin

Money is everywhere but so is poetry.
What we lack are the poets.
- Federico Fellini

At this moment, by an undeserved stroke of fortune,
I am the direct voice of the poets of my race and the
indirect voice for the noble Spanish and Portuguese tongues.
- Gabriela Mistral

Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way,
their sense of language and their vision.
- Jim Jarmusch

While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work,
I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work.
But I would think that's true about many of us.
- Thom Gunn

Nations are born in the hearts of poets,
they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
- Muhammad Iqbal

All that a critic, as critic, can give poets is the
deadly encouragement that never ceases to remind them
of how heavy their inheritance is.
- Harold Bloom

Poets, in their way, are practical men;
they are interested in results.
- Allen Tate

I hate the whole race.
There is no believing a word they say,
your professional poets, I mean there never existed
a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
- Arthur Wellesley

The Language Poets are writing only about language itself.
The Ashbery poets are writing only about poetry itself.
That seems to me a kind of dead end.
- Robert Morgan

Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
- Helen Dunmore

In the world of poetry there are would-be poets,
workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets,
university poets, and a few real poets.
- James Broughton

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

There are very few great poets in the world.
- Tahar Ben Jelloun

Rarest of the real poets are born poets.
They are the oddballs, not the professors.
- James Broughton

They say poets write mostly for themselves;
if anyone else likes it,
well and good, if not, it doesn't matter;
certainly,
not to me.
- Tom Glazer

Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration,
I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
- Wislawa Szymborska

Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people,
and in my observation one of the things they are most
sensitive about is money.
- Robert Penn Warren

Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is
bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables.
Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
- Thomas Aquinas

Lyrics have to be underwritten.
That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers
because the language is too rich.
You get drowned in it.
- Stephen Sondheim

I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in
the '60s at San Francisco State,
and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit:
one was Elizabeth Bishop.
- Thom Gunn

Poets are Damned...
but See with the Eyes of Angels.
- Allen Ginsberg

Poets say science takes away from the beauty of the stars -
mere globs of gas atoms.
I, too, can see the stars on a desert night,
and feel them.
But do I see less or more?
- Richard P. Feynman

People wish to be poets more than they wish to write poetry,
and that's a mistake.
One should wish to celebrate more than one wishes to be celebrated.
- Lucille Clifton

But the West did not last long enough.
Its folk myths and heroes became stage properties of
Hollywood before the poets had begun to get to work on them.
- Christopher Dawson

There are some fine books and essays about that.
Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and
the role that society gives its writers -
encouraging them to die.
- Sharon Olds

Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt,
you hate.
- William Wycherley

I make it clear why I write as I do and why other poets write as they do.
After hundreds of experiments I decided to go my own
way in style and see what would happen.
- Carl Sandburg

When I began writing, I didn't read any other children's poets...
I didn't want to be influenced until I'd found my own voice.
Now I read them all.
- Jack Prelutsky

Pound's crazy.
All poets are.
They have to be.
You don't put a poet like Pound in the loony bin.
- Ernest Hemingway


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