Not everyone who drinks is a poet. Some of us drink because we're not poets.
- Dudley Moore
A few moments in a poet’s company teach us more about the essence of art than many a lecture and books.
- Etinne Gilsun
To have great poets there must be great audiences too.
- Walt Whitman
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.
- Edmund Burke
A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
I grew up in this town, my poetry was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests.
- Pablo Neruda
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
A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond De Goncourt
The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
- Jean Cocteau
Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot
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