poets quotes

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

He was certainly in a confused state. I used to go and visit him in Callan Park. They were really - to me they were the best poets those two writing in those days but it wasn't very encouraging because, well, they weren't getting far were they?Robert Adamson

Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.Bill Alexander

Inspiration is a farce that poets have invented to give themselves importance.Jean Anouilh

The ancient Greek oral poets all had this anxiety about the deficiencies of their memories and always began poems by praying to the Muse to help them remember.David Antin

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

Many poets in Iran have learned to speak almost a secret language, where political issues are talked about in allegorical ways.Reza Aslan

I was always interested in French poetry sort of as a sideline to my own work, I was translating contemporary French poets. That kind of spilled out into translation as a way to earn money, pay for food and put bread on the table.Paul Auster

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

Many good poets are really essayists who write very short essays.Nicholson Baker

Poets have to be sensitive to their audience, but it does not mean that they censor themselves. I realise my audience is diverse. Some will read with empathy and curiosity while others will take offense.John Barton

I feel very connected to poets across the country.John Barton

Poets can't resist the dramatic pull of their lives and so inevitably write autobiographical verse.John Barton

It is strange, how quickly people want to obligate their poets, as it were, on the exile.Peter Bichsel

I love Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton. I also love more cerebral poets like H.D. and Emily Dickinson. My parents subscribed to a monthly poetry periodical, and as a teenager I was introduced to Denise Levertov, who was an influence.Francesca Lia Block

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

Novelists and poets have existed side by side forever.Stan Brakhage

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

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

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