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A poet is a person who writes poetry.
A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself; he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessence.
- Poetic Justice
- Dead Poets Society (1989) Original Trailer
- Poets are all who love, — who feel great truths,
And tell them.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Another and a Better World
- A poet not in love is out at sea;
He must have a lay-figure.
- Philip James Bailey, Festus (1813), scene Home
- Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire, "My Heart Laid Bare" Intimate Journals, (1864)
- Poets and anarchists are always the first to go. Where. To the frontline. Wherever it is.
- Giannina Braschi, Yo-Yo Boing! (1998)
- "There's nothing great
Nor small," has said a poet of our day,
Whose voice will ring beyond the curfew of eve
And not be thrown out by the matin's bell.
- God's prophets of the Beautiful,
These Poets were.
- Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Vision of Poets (1844), Stanza 98
- Ovid's a rake, as half his verses show him,
Anacreon's morals are a still worse sample,
Catullus scarcely has a decent poem,
I don't think Sappho's Ode a good example,
Although Longinus tells us there is no hymn
Where the sublime soars forth on wings more ample;
But Virgil's songs are pure, except that horrid one
Beginning with "Formosum Pastor Corydon."
- For a man to become a poet (witness Petrarch and Dante), he must be in love, or miserable.
- Lord Byron, Journal of the Conversations of Lord Byron by Thomas Medwin (1823)
- The worst fate of a poet is to be admired without being understood.
- Jean Cocteau, Le Rappel á l'ordre (1926)
- To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
- Colette, in Paris From My Window (1944)
- There is a pleasure in poetic pains,
Which only poets know.
- William Cowper, The Task (1785), Book II, line 285. Same in Wordsworth, Miscellaneous Sonnets. Knight's ed, VII. 160
- For that fine madness still he did retain
Which rightly should possess a poet's brain.
- Michael Drayton, To Henry Reynolds, of Poets and Poesy (1627)
- There is a property in the horizon which no man has but he whose eye can integrate all the parts, that is, the poet. ... To speak truly, few adult persons can see nature. Most persons do not see the sun. At least they have a very superficial seeing. The sun illuminates only the eye of the man, but shines into the eye and the heart of the child. The lover of nature is he whose inward and outward senses are still truly adjusted to each other; who has retained the spirit of infancy even into the era of manhood. His intercourse with heaven and earth, becomes part of his daily food.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nature (1836), chapter 1
- Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal; bad poets deface what they take, and good poets make it into something better, or at least something different.
- T. S. Eliot, The Sacred Wood (1920) "Philip Massinger"
- All a poet can do today is warn. That is why the true Poets must be truthful.
- A poet's work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world and stop it from going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie, The Satanic Verses (1988)
- Many questions haven't been answered as yet. Our poets may be wrong; but what can any of us do with his talent but try to develop his vision, so that through frequent failures we may learn better what we have missed in the past.
- William Carlos Williams, in an interview with Stanley Koehler (April 1962), in The Paris Review : Writers at Work, 3rd series, Viking Penguin, p. 29
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