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33 poet quotes:

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.

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.

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

quotes about poets

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.

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

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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