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But I’m too old to be written about as a young poet.
– Philip Levine
Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of the greatest poets in the world but he’s hardly ever mentioned.
– Robert Adamson
A poet must leave traces of his passage, not proof.
– Rene Char
As poet laureate, I was asked to be a spokesman for literature.
– Robert Hass
To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
– Robert Frost
To be a poet is a condition rather than a profession.
– Robert Graves
The player envies only the player, the poet envies only the poet.
– William Hazlitt
Every contemporary poet is a door to another poet.
– Terrance Hayes
The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.
– Yehuda Amichai
The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists. The poet merely enjoys existence.
– Wallace Stevens
The antagonism between the poet and the politician has generally been evident in all cultures.
– Salvatore Quasimodo
The poet laureate of England talked about murdering Jews on the West Bank.
– Steven T. Katz
The word poet literally means maker: anything which is not well made doesn’t exist.
– Theophile Gautier
No one ever was a great poet, that applied himself much to anything else.
– William Temple
Viereck became a historian, specializing in modern Russia, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning poet.
– Tom Reiss
One can be a great poet and be politically stupid.
– Umberto Eco
A poet is a professional maker of verbal objects.
– W. H. Auden
To a poet, silence is an acceptable response, even a flattering one.
– Sidonie Gabrielle Colette
A poet’s autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
– Yevgeny Yevtushenko
All a poet can do today is warn.
– Wilfred Owen
The poet is the priest of the invisible.
A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.