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The poet doesn’t invent. He listens.
– Jean Cocteau
There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died, in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.
– James Thurber
Nobody really knows whether they are a poet. I knew I was interested from the age of 15.
– James Fenton
I’m a poet first and foremost, before the modelling.
– Jessica White
I like to think that I’m a sort of poet for our times.
– Carol Ann Duffy
But Wordsworth is the poet I admire above all others.
– Andrew Motion
Always be a poet, even in prose.
– Charles Baudelaire
I shall, in due time, be a Poet.
– Ada Lovelace
If the poet has pursued a moral objective, he has diminished his poetic force.
I have written a raucous valentine to a poet’s dream and agony.
– Ben Hecht
We are not concerned with the very poor. They are unthinkable, and only to be approached by the statistician or the poet.
– E. M. Forster
Poetry is necessary, but is the poet?
– Carlos Drummond de Andrade
A man may be variously accomplished, and yet be a feeble poet.
– George Henry Lewes
The poet nothing affirmeth and therefore never lieth.
– Philip Sidney
The bad poet is a toady mimicking nature.
– Edward Dahlberg
I was a piano player before I was a poet.
– Gil Scott-Heron
Joyce is a poet and also an elephantine pedant.
– George Orwell
They think I’m going to be a schoolteacher but I’m going to be a poet.
– Janet Frame
I began as a journalist for my pocketbook and a poet for my soul.
– Jane Yolen
I want to be remembered as a poet, a peacemaker, and a philosopher who played.
– Mattie Stepanek
The importance of poetry is not measured, finally, by what the poet says but by how he says it.
– Mahmoud Darwish
When the poet makes his perfect selection of a word, he is endowing the word with life.
– John Drinkwater
I’d kill to be a poet.
– Ken Bruen
An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
– Marlon Brando
Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet.
– John Crowe Ransom
The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.
– Lionel Trilling
Rainer Maria Rilke was admittedly not a Dockers tagger, but a sort of European equivalent: a German poet – in many respects, a charlatan masquerading as a genius who turned out to be a genius.
– Richard Flanagan
The poet is on the side of undeceiving the world.
– Seamus Heaney
Jim wanted to be known as a poet, first and foremost.
– Ray Manzarek
The poet is a madman lost in adventure.
– Paul Verlaine