Poetry Quotes

I think it better that in times like these a poet’s mouth be silent, for in truth we have no gift to set a statesman right.

Every true poet is inevitably a Columbus.

If it wasn’t for rap there would be no poetry in America. I think we went directly from Walt Whitman to Ice-T.

No poet sings because he must sing. At least no great poet does. A great poet sings because he chooses to sing.

A poet is someone who is astonished by everything.

Poets are born, not made.

The tongue of a poet is always the last to be corrupted.

Good poets are like angels of Heaven.

He falsifies who renders a verse just as it looks.

My usual style of ciphering out the merits of poetry… is to read a line or two near the top, a verse near the bottom and then strike an average.