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Poets are some of the most unique people in the world. They are imaginative, emotional, and often times intelligent. Of course, it really depends on who you consider a poet. Nonetheless, poets throughout history have been some of the most brightest and wisest human beings to ever step food on earth. These people have set themselves apart from other forms of literature during their lifetimes and ours.

These quotes about poets are all about poets: what they are and what they do.


The poet's function is to describe, not the thing that has happened, but a kind of thing that might happen... Poetry is something more philosophic and of graver import than history, since its statements are of the nature rather of universals, whereas those of history are singulars.
Aristotle
One Power alone makes a Poet: Imagination. The Divine Vision.
William Blake
No man was ever yet a great poet, without being at the same time a profound philosoher.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge
No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise for the writer, no surprise for the reader. For me the initial delight is in the surprise of remembering something I didn't know I knew.
Robert Frost
Barefaced poverty drove me to writing verses.
Horace
A rhymer and a poet are two things.
Ben Jonson
If the poet can no longer speak for society, but only for himself, then we are at the last ditch.
Henry Miller
The poet is a reporter interviewing his own heart.
Christopher Morley
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Plato
The great poet is always a seer, seeing less with the eyes of the body than he does with the eyes of the mind.
Oscar Wilde
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