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I wonder what it means about American literary culture and its transmission when I consider the number of American poets who earn their living teaching creative writing in universities. I've ended up doing that myself.
~By Marilyn Hacker ~


Because philosophy arises from awe, a philosopher is bound in his way to be a lover of myths and poetic fables. Poets and philosophers are alike in being big with wonder.
~By Thomas Aquinas ~


And thus it was that I started to wonder why Robert Burns is so important to us. We have other poets, and other writers, and other heroes, yet we do not afford them the veneration that we afford to Robert Burns.
~By Len G. Murray ~


Well, we all start thinking we're going to be Romantic rock stars, but then reality hits and you realize no one reads you but other poets.
~By George Murray ~


Poets are the sense, philosophers the intelligence of humanity.
~By Samuel Beckett ~


Women make us poets, children make us philosophers.
~By Malcolm De Chazal ~


Travelers are like poets. They are mostly an angry race.
~By Richard Burton ~


Poets that lasting marble seek Must come in Latin or in Greek.
~By Edmund Waller ~


Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.
~By William Wycherley ~


If sexual intercourse, as the poets tell us, began in 1963, it was another decade and a half before the American political system began to take notice.
~By Michael Kinsley ~


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


Poets yearn, of course, to be published, read, and understood, but they do little, if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
~By Wislawa Szymborska ~


Poets don't draw. They unravel their handwriting and then tie it up again, but differently.
~By Jean Cocteau ~


While I don't satisfy my curiosity about the way I work, I'm terribly curious about the way other poets work. But I would think that's true about many of us.
~By Thom Gunn ~


As soon as war is declared it will be impossible to hold the poets back. Rhyme is still the most effective drum.
~By Jean Giraudoux ~


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.
~By Bill Alexander ~


Homer has taught all other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
~By Aristotle ~


Poets write the words you have heard before but in a new sequence.
~By Brian Harris ~


In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
~By Yevgeny Yevtushenko ~


I think Ginsberg has done more harm to the craft that I honor and live by than anybody else by reducing it to a kind of mean that enables the most dubious practitioners to claim they are poets because they think, If the kind of thing Ginsberg does is poetry, I can do that.
~By James Dickey ~


Artist - musicians, painters, writers, poets, always seem to have had the most accurate perception of what is really going on around them, not the official version or the popular perception of contemporary life.
~By Billy Joel ~


There have always been poets who performed. Blake sang his Songs of Innocence and Experience to parties of friends.
~By Adrian Mitchell ~


I can't look at things in the simple, large way that great poets do.
~By Isaac Rosenberg ~


And some poets are far better read off the page because they're very bad speakers. I'm thinking of one in particular whom I won't name, a good poet, and he reads in such a dry, boring way, your eyes start drooping.
~By Norman MacCaig ~


When men and woman die, as poets sung, his heart's the last part moves, her last, the tongue.
~By Benjamin Franklin ~


Saints have no moderation, nor do poets, just exuberance.
~By Anne Sexton ~


It's easy to understand why the most beautiful poems about England in the spring were written by poets living in Italy at the time.
~By Philip Dunne ~


If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
~By Peter Davison ~


But are not the dreams of poets and the tales of travellers notoriously false?
~By H. P. Lovecraft ~


In every age poets and social reformers have tried to stimulate the people of their own time to a nobler life by enchanting stories of the virtues of the heroes of old.
~By Alfred Marshall ~


Concrete poets continue to turn out beautiful things, but to me they're more visual than oral, and they almost really belong on the wall rather than in a book. I haven't the least idea of where poetry is going.
~By James Laughlin ~


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


I wonder what all those Chinese poets sound like in Chinese. I like their distilled quality.
~By Tom Verlaine ~


Let the poets cry themselves to sleep, and all their tearful words will turn back into steam.
~By Conor Oberst ~


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


I was at a benefit for some imprisoned students in the '60s at San Francisco State, and there were lots of poets reading for the benefit: one was Elizabeth Bishop.
~By Thom Gunn ~


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.
~By David Antin ~


Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
~By Zelda Fitzgerald ~


Poets wish to profit or to please.
~By Horace ~


When critics are waiting to pounce upon poetic style on exactly the same grounds as if it were prose, the poets tremble.
~By John C. Ransom ~


I took to wearing a black tie known as the Ascot, with long drooping ends. I had seen pictures of painters, sculptors, poets, wearing this style of tie.
~By Carl Sandburg ~


Language ought to be the joint creation of poets and manual workers.
~By George Orwell ~


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.
~By Harold Bloom ~


Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time.
~By Aulus Gellius ~


I've had trouble with criticism, I guess. It's hard to know what role criticism plays in either encouraging poets or in getting other people to read them.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


Of poets I put Virgil first - he was greatest.
~By Mary MacLane ~


I wish our clever young poets would remember my homely definitions of prose and poetry; that is, prose = words in their best order; - poetry = the best words in the best order.
~By Samuel Taylor Coleridge ~


Modesty, tis a virtue not often found among poets, for almost every one of them thinks himself the greatest in the world.
~By Miguel De Cervantes ~


Maybe there are three or four really good poets in a generation.
~By Kenneth Koch ~


Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
~By Anne Stevenson ~


Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
~By Peter Davison ~


The most important thing for poets to do is to write as little as possible.
~By T. S. Eliot ~


I think one ages and one dates. I tend to have a good deal of difficulty in liking some of the new poets.
~By James Laughlin ~


Almost all the noblest things that have been achieved in the world, have been achieved by poor men; poor scholars, poor professional men, poor artisans and artists, poor philosophers, poets, and men of genius.
~By Albert Pike ~


To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
~By Walt Whitman ~


Children can write poetry and then, unless they're poets, they stop when reach puberty.
~By Dennis Potter ~


I think of poets as outlaw visionaries in a way.
~By Jim Jarmusch ~


Poets are always ahead of things in a certain way, their sense of language and their vision.
~By Jim Jarmusch ~


She knows more of love than the poets can say, and her eyes offer something that won't go away.
~By Harry Chapin ~


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


But poets were not considered dangerous and they were advised to exercise self-censorship. At most, poets were requested not to write at all. I took advantage of this negative liberty.
~By Eugenio Montale ~


Poets are Damned... but See with the Eyes of Angels.
~By Allen Ginsberg ~


The American public does not know poets exist.
~By James Broughton ~


Young poets bewail the passing of love; old poets, the passing of time. There is surprisingly little difference.
~By Mason Cooley ~


I hate the whole race. There is no believing a word they say, your professional poets, I mean there never existed a more worthless set than Byron and his friends for example.
~By Arthur Wellesley ~


Southern poets are still writing narrative poems, poems in forms, dramatic poems.
~By Robert Morgan ~


Poets are soldiers that liberate words from the steadfast possession of definition.
~By Eli Khamarov ~


I'm passing on a tradition of which I am part. There's a long line of poets who went before me, and I'm another one, and I'm hoping to pass that on to other younger, or newer, poets than myself.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors.
~By James Broughton ~


Poets, we know, are terribly sensitive people, and in my observation one of the things they are most sensitive about is money.
~By Robert Penn Warren ~


Poets have said that the reason to have children is to give yourself immortality. Immortality? Now that I have five children, my only hope is that they are all out of the house before I die.
~By Bill Cosby ~


San Francisco has long been a leader in the arts, nurturing generations of painters, sculptors, poets, novelists, playwrights, film-makers, and performing artists and innovators of every kind.
~By Gavin Newsom ~


Yes, you can feel very alone as a poet and you sometimes think, is it worth it? Is it worth carrying on? But because there were other poets, you became part of a scene. Even though they were very different writers, it made it easier because you were together.
~By Roger McGough ~


But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous, too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom. A certain freedom to live in a free way.
~By Peter Davison ~


It is possible that Mount Olympus may have supplied the poets with the hint for saying that Jupiter obtained the kingdom of heaven, because Olympus is the common name both of the mountain and of heaven.
~By Lactantius ~


I'm not, by nature, a collaborator. My biggest influences were people like painters and poets. These are solitary workers.
~By Robert Wyatt ~


It is Homer who has chiefly taught other poets the art of telling lies skillfully.
~By Aristotle ~


My sisters were going out with artists and poets, and eventually it was the creative world which attracted me.
~By Luc Ferrari ~


Modern poets talk against business, poor things, but all of us write for money. Beginners are subjected to trial by market.
~By Robert Frost ~


All kids, when they go to school, are pretty good artists and dancers and singers and poets. All that gets buried, basically through being educated, or brainwashed.
~By William Wiley ~


Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things.
~By Robert Frost ~


And if we must educate our poets and artists in science, we must educate our masters, labour and capital, in art.
~By John B. S. Haldane ~


At the age of 18 all young poets are sure they will be dead at 21 - of old age.
~By Marguerite Young ~


Many poets write books. They'll tell you: Well, I've got my next book, but there are two poems I need to write, one about x, one about y. This is a wonder to me.
~By Sharon Olds ~


There are some fine books and essays about that. Lewis Hyde has written about alcoholism and poets and the role that society gives its writers - encouraging them to die.
~By Sharon Olds ~


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.
~By Paul Auster ~


I think one of the things that language poets are very involved with is getting away from conventional ideas of beauty, because those ideas contain a certain attitude toward women, certain attitudes toward sex, certain attitudes toward race, etc.
~By Diane Wakoski ~


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.
~By James Broughton ~


All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
~By Delmore Schwartz ~


In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
~By James Broughton ~


We have to raise the consciousness; the only way poets can change the world is to raise the consciousness of the general populace.
~By Lawrence Ferlinghetti ~


Irish poets, learn your trade, sing whatever is well made, scorn the sort now growing up all out of shape from toe to top.
~By William Butler Yeats ~


Living at that pitch, on that edge, is something which many poets engage in to some extent.
~By Paul Muldoon ~


Perhaps the old monks were right when they tried to root love out; perhaps the poets are right when they try to water it. It is a blood-red flower, with the color of sin; but there is always the scent of a god about it.
~By Olive Schreiner ~


I'm inspired by the poets, so I'm always going to give in that direction, rather than in any other. It's the making of me... and also the downfall of me.
~By Roy Harper ~


Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
~By Percy Bysshe Shelley ~


Poets lose half the praise they should have got, Could it be known what they discreetly blot.
~By Edmund Waller ~


A Shakespeare could have arisen only on English soil. In the same way, your great dramatists and poets express the nature and essence of the Norwegian people, but they also express that which is universally valid for all mankind.
~By Gustav Stresemann ~


Nations are born in the hearts of poets, they prosper and die in the hands of politicians.
~By Muhammad Iqbal ~


One of my favorite poets, Neruda, writes close to the bone. Though I know only a little Spanish, I like to compare the Spanish and English lines and see how the translator worked.
~By Anita Diament ~

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