poet quotes

The epic poet has behind him a tradition of matter and a tradition of style; and that is what every other poet has behind him too; only, for the epic poet, tradition is rather narrower, rather more strictly compelling.Lascelles Abercrombie

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

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.Vicente Aleixandre

I try to stay a civilian, to live as a human, not as a poet.Yehuda Amichai

The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.Yehuda Amichai

The poet exposes himself to the risk. All that has been said about poetry, all that he has learned about poetry, is only a partial assurance.A. R. Ammons

Even if you walk exactly the same route each time - as with a sonnet - the events along the route cannot be imagined to be the same from day to day, as the poet's health, sight, his anticipations, moods, fears, thoughts cannot be the same.A. R. Ammons

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

A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.W. H. Auden

A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.W. H. Auden

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

So I really began as a failed poet - although when I first wanted to be a writer, I learned to write prose by reading poetry.Nicholson Baker

My dad was the baby. When he was born they were already successful. They sent him to business school - he probably would have loved to have been a poet or a writer or something, and he was very creative.Bob Balaban

The poet must decide not to impose his feelings in order to write without sentimentality.John Barton

Always be a poet, even in prose.Charles Baudelaire

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

A great poet is the most precious jewel of a nation.Ludwig van Beethoven

Do not worry about the incarnation of ideas. If you are a poet, your works will contain them without your knowledge'they will be both moral and national if you follow your inspiration freely.Vissarion Belinsky

The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.Jose Bergamin

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.Harold Bloom