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An unromantic poet is a self-contradiction.
~Robert Frost

Most joyful let the poet be, it is through him that all men see.

~William Ellery Channing

The true poem is the poet's mind.
~Ralph Waldo Emerson

The job of the poet is to render the world - to see it and report it without loss, without perversion. No poet ever talks about feelings. Only sentimental people do.
~Mark Van Doren

Poetry is the utterance of deep and heartfelt truth - the true poet is very near the oracle.
~Edwin Hubbel Chapin

If artist and poets are unhappy, it is after all because happiness does not interest them.
~George Santayana

The mind that finds it’s way to the wild places is the poet’s; but the mind that never finds it’s way back is a lunatic’s.
~G.K. Chesterton

When a poet’s mind is perfectly equipped for it’s work, it is constantly amalgamating experience.
~T.S.Eliot

Poets are prophets whose prophesying never comes true.
~Ed Howe

A poet should be treated with leniency and even when damned, should be damned with respect.
~Edgar Allen poe

A poet is a person who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing the violin.
~Goncourt

You don’t have to suffer to be a poet. Adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
~John Ciardi

A poet dares to be just so clear and no clearer; he approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. A poet’s pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification. He unzips the veil from beauty, but does not remove it.

~E.B. White

A poet is a person who thinks there is something special about a poet and about his loving one unattainable woman.
~Robert Frost

Perhaps the saddest lot that a mortal man is to be the husband of a lady poet.
~George Jean Nathan

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

A good poet is someone who manages, in a lifetime of standing out in thunderstorms, to be struck by lightning five or six times.
~Randall Jarrell

When a great poet has lived, certain things have been done once for all, and cannot be achieved again.
~T.S. Eliot

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No honest poet can ever feel quite sure of the permanent value of what he has written: he may have wasted his time and messed up his life for nothing.
~T.S. Eliot

The courage of the poet is to keep ajar the door that leads into madness.
~Christopher Morley

Popular poets are the parish priests of the muse, retailing her ancient divinations to a long since converted public.
~George Santayana

The poet’s mind is... a receptacle for seizing and storing up numberless feelings, phrases, images, which remain there until all the particles which can unite to form a new compound are presented together.
~T.S. Eliot

To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
~Walt Whitman

Poets die in different ways: most of them do not die into the grave; but into business or criticism.
~Robert Frost

The poet occupies a position halfway between that of a saint and Balaam’s ass.
~Coventry Patmore

Poets are very sensitive people, and one of the things they are most sensitive about is cash.
~Robert Penn Warren

Every English poet should master the art of grammar before he attempts to bend or break them.
~Robert Graves

My quarrel with poets is not that they are unclear, but that they are too diligent.
~E.B. White

A poet more than thirty years old is simply an overgrown child.
~Mencken

It seems that God took away the minds of poets that they might better express His.
~Socrates

An unromantic poet is a self-contradiction.
~Robert Frost

A poet is a man who cannot afford to say it with flowers, but instead says it with flowery language.
~Unknown Author

Many a modern poet doesn’t understand what he has written, but expects the reader to.
~Unknown Author

Perhaps no person can be a poet, or even enjoy poetry, without a certain unsoundness of the mind.
~Thomas B Macaulay

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