In the beginning, said a Persian poet, Allah took a rose, a lily, a dove, a serpent, a little honey, a Dead Sea apple, and a handful of clay. When he looked at the amalgam it was a woman.
To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
It is the role of the poet to look at what is happening in the world and to know that quite other things are happening.
The poet represents the mind in the act of defending us against itself.wallace stevens
[Thanatopsis] was written in 1817, when Bryant was 23. Had he died then, the world would have thought it had lost a great poet. But he lived on.william cullen bryant
The tender and the sublime emotions of the mind were never before so wrought up by the human hand. I am not ashamed to own that I think this rude bard of the North the greatest poet that has ever existed.james macpherson
Such were the notes thy once lov'd poet sung,Till death untimely stopp'd his tuneful tongue.Alexander Pope
On the whole, however, the conclusions I have drawn from the proofs quoted may, I believe, safely be relied on. Assuredly they will not be disturbed either by the lays of a poet displaying the exaggeration of his craft, or by the compositions of the chroniclers that are attractive at truth's expense; the subjects they treat of being out of the reach of evidence, and time having robbed most of them of historical value by enthroning them in the region of legend.Thucydides
Every great architect is — necessarily — a great poet. He must be a great original interpreter of his time, his day, his age.Frank Lloyd Wright
Wordsworth went to the lakes, but he was never a lake poet. He found in stones the sermons he had already hidden there.william wordsworth
Thy rare gold ring of verse (the poet praised) Linking our England to his Italy.Robert Browning
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosopher.Samuel Taylor Coleridge
In America, the term younger poet is applied with chivalric liberality. It can be used to describe anyone not yet collecting a Social Security pension.dana gioia
Nowadays when a poet with one privately printed book can have his next three years taken care of by a Guggenheim fellowship, a Kenyon Review fellowship, and the Prix de Rome, it is hard to remember what chances the poet took in that small-town world, how precariously hand-to-mouth his existence was. And yet in one way the old days were better; [Vachel] Lindsay after a while, by luck and skill, got far more readers than any poet could get today.Randall Jarrell
He was a poet of great power, who described the loneliness of military life in the early Forties with unique eloquence and accuracy; he wrote, too, exciting and original love poetry.alun lewis
The poet speaks to all men of that other life of theirs that they have smothered and forgotten.edith sitwell
In recent centuries the only near spiritual relative of Tolstoy is the English poet, who in the fourteenth century, in the form of Piers Plowman, preached religious ideas so strikingly like those of Tolstoy. They are both individualists and they seek individual, not social, regeneration. ...Both point to the simple toiling God-fearing peasant as one expressing the ideal of the Christian life and service.
It may well be on such a night of clouds and cruel colors that there is brought forth upon the earth such a portent as a respectable poet. You say you are a poet of law ; I say you are a contradiction in terms. I only wonder there were not comets and earthquakes on the night you appeared in this garden.
I will venture to assert, that a just translation of any ancient poet in rhyme is impossible. No human ingenuity can be equal to the task of closing every couplet with sounds homotonous, expressing at the same time the full sense, and only the full sense of his original.william cowper
A poet can write about a man slaying a dragon, but not about a man pushing a button that releases a bomb.wystan hugh auden
Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
And poets by their sufferings grow, As if there were no more to do, To make a poet excellent, But only want and discontent.
The most outstanding intellect of this generation, the greatest poet that the Hellenistic age produced, and historically one of the most important figures in the development of Graeco-Roman (and hence European) literature.
On the whole, however, the conclusions I have drawn from the proofs quoted may, I believe, safely be relied on. Assuredly they will not be disturbed either by the lays of a poet displaying the exaggeration of his craft, or by the compositions of the chroniclers that are attractive at truth's expense; the subjects they treat of being out of the reach of evidence, and time having robbed most of them of historical value by enthroning them in the region of legend.
And where may hide what came and loved our clay? as the poet asked finely.a. s. byatt