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Quotes about Poets

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

Related topics: Poetry

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

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

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

 

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Women make us poets, children make us philosophers.
- Malcolm De Chazal

Poets wish to profit or to please.
- Horace

Science is not addressed to poets.
- George Henry Lewes

Written poetry is worth reading once,
and then should be destroyed.
Let the dead poets make way for others.
- Antonin Artaud

As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back.
Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
- Jean Giraudoux

Travelers are like poets.
They are mostly an angry race.
- Richard Burton

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
- Peter Davison

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

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

The poets are only the interpreters of the Gods.
- Socrates

Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
- Plato

In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poets are people who can still see the world through the eyes of children.
- Alphonse Daudet

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

I've been influenced by poets as diverse as Dylan Thomas,
Lewis Carroll, and Edgar Allan Poe.
- Jack Prelutsky

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

One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone.
Though I know only a little Spanish,
I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and
see how the translator worked.
- Anita Diament

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

Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
- George Orwell

Great men are rare, poets are rarer,
but the great man who is a poet,
transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
- John Drinkwater

If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us,
began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before
the American political system began to take notice.
- Michael Kinsley

It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the
art of telling lies skillfully.
- Aristotle

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

Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
- Samuel Beckett

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

Poets are all who love, who feel great truths,
And tell them; and the truth of truths is love.
- Philip James Bailey

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

I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
- Jim Jarmusch

We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets
can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
- Lawrence Ferlinghetti

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

I do not think men have more talent.
There are a great many women in the arts;
novelists,
painters, sculptors, poets-but the proportion is far
lower in the field of song writing.
- Dorothy Fields

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

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

At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 -
of old age.
- Marguerite Young

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

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

Poets are the only people to whom love is not only a crucial,
but an indispensable experience, which entitles them
to mistake it for a universal one.
- Hannah Arendt

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

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

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

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

Most poets in their youth begin in adolescent sadness.
I find it more rewarding to end in gladness.
- James Broughton

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

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

All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists
and dancers and singers and poets.
All that gets buried, basically through being educated,
or brainwashed.
- William Wiley

Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
- William Wycherley

She knows more of love than the poets can say,
and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
- Harry Chapin

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

I'm not, by nature, a collaborator.
My biggest influences were people like painters and poets.
These are solitary workers.
- Robert Wyatt

Poetry is the work of poets, not of peoples or communities;
artistic creation can never be anything but the production of an individual mind.
- Lascelles Abercrombie

Poets yearn, of course, to be published,
read, and understood, but they do little,
if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
- Wislawa Szymborska

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

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

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

The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
- T. S. Eliot

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

Poets and heroes are of the same race,
the latter do what the former conceive.
- Alphonse de Lamartine

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

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


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