The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
- Jean Cocteau
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot
No poet can know what his poem is going to be like until he has written it.
- W. H. Auden
We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.
Each man carries within him the soul of a poet who died young.
- Antoine De Saint Exupéry
A poet's mission is to make words do more work than they normally do, to make them work on more than one level.
- Jay Z
Poets are never unemployed, just unpaid.
- Kathy Skaggs
A poet is not an apostle; he drives out devils only by the power of the devil.
- Søren Kierkegaard
A few moments in a poet’s company teach us more about the essence of art than many a lecture and books.
- Etinne Gilsun
The poet is much more the one who inspires, than the one who is inspired.
- Paul Éluard
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