At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
A writer should have the precision of a poet and the imagination of a scientist.
The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
Everywhere I go I find that a poet has been there before me.
God is the perfect poet.
An actor is at most a poet and at least an entertainer.
The poet produces the beautiful by fixing his attention on something real.
"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
No poet or orator has ever existed who believed there was any better than himself.
The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
Every American poet feels that the whole responsibility for contemporary poetry has fallen upon his shoulders, that he is a literary aristocracy of one.
It is a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
It's a sad fact about our culture that a poet can earn much more money writing or talking about his art than he can by practicing it.
No poet or novelist wishes he were the only one who ever lived, but most of them wish they were the only one alive, and quite a number fondly believe their wish has been granted.
Anyone can escape into sleep, we are all geniuses when we dream, the butcher's the poet's equal there.
A true poet does not bother to be poetical. Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
If there ever was a poet for the working class Billy Joe Shaver and Merle Haggard would be my nomination.
The worst tragedy for a poet is to be admired through being misunderstood.
I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet, but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us, the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings.
When it comes to atoms, language can be used only as in poetry. The poet, too, is not nearly so concerned with describing facts as with creating images.
A poet ought not to pick nature's pocket. Let him borrow, and so borrow as to repay by the very act of borrowing. Examine nature accurately, but write from recollection, and trust more to the imagination than the memory.