In the world of poetry there are would-be poets, workshop poets, promising poets, lovesick poets, university poets, and a few real poets.
And muse on Nature with a poet's eye.
If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
If I am going to be a poet at all, I am going to be POET and not NEGRO POET.
It is a part of the poet's work to show each man what he sees but does not know he sees.
I don't like to call myself a poet, ... Most poets are shiftless, no-account fools.
Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
I had attacked the British poets' nervous preference for gentility above all else.
I never thought of myself as a New York poet or as an American poet.
The generous Critic fann'd the Poet's fire, And taught the world with reason to admire.
The poet's business is not to save the soul of man but to make it worth saving.
Immature poets imitate; mature poets steal.
Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
The poet's expression of joy conceals his despair at not having found the reality of joy.
When I talk of hearing a poet's voice speaking, I always think of it as in the presence of the man.
I was a boy when I first realized that the fullest life liveable was a Poet's.
Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
The poet's spoken discourse often depends on a mystique, on the spiritual freedom that finds itself enslaved on earth.
All poets' wives have rotten lives Their husbands look at them like knives.
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
Rarest of the real poets are born poets. They are the oddballs, not the professors.
Great men are rare, poets are rarer, but the great man who is a poet, transfiguring his greatness, is the rarest of all events.
A poet's cultural baggage and erudition can interfere with a poem.
I think a poet is anybody who wouldn't call himself a poet.