A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko
When a poet speaks to his own people, the voices of all other poets of other languages who have influenced him are speaking also.
- T. S. Eliot
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
Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire
Poets are shameless with their experiences: they exploit them.
- Friedrich Nietzsche
Poets utter great and wise things which they do not themselves understand.
Poets are damned… but see with the eyes of angels.
- Allen Ginsberg
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.
Poetry is the art of substantiating shadows.
- Edmund Burke
A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden
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