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.