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    poet Quotes

    It is the soldier, not the poet, who has given us freedom of speech.
    — Zell Miller
    tags: freedom  speech  poet 
    Nobody has ever measured, not even poets, how much the heart can hold.
    — Zelda Fitzgerald
    tags: heart  poet 
    I really like accompanying. I like working with vocalists, I've worked with a lot of poets.
    — Z'EV
    tags: poet 
    The poet's first job of work is to put bread on the table.
    — Yvor Winters
    tags: work  job  poet 
    I'm uncomfortable with the focus on the poet and not on the poem.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: focus  poem  poet 
    There's a sameness about American poetry that I don't think represents the whole people. It represents a poetryof the moment, a poetry of evasion, and I have problems with this. I believe poetry has always been political, long before poets had to deal with the page and white space . . . it's natural.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    Poets are seen as the caretakers of language, so working with words no matter what the form is what we do.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    tags: language  poet 
    It wasn't a deliberate decision to become a poet. It was something I found myself doing - and loving. Language became an addiction.
    — Yusef Komunyakaa
    If you're just starting off as an artist, steal as much inspiration from everything you like, as much as you can. Take from books, from poets, from musicians. Just steal stuff from all over the place and then mix it up to make something of your own.
    — Yukimi Nagano
    tags: book  poet  artist 
    The end of spring- the poet is brooding about editors.
    — Yosa Buson
    tags: poet 
    A Senegalese poet said 'In the end we will conserve only what we love. We love only what we understand, and we will understand only what we are taught.' We must learn about other cultures in order to understand, in order to love, and in order to preserve our common world heritage.
    — Yo-Yo Ma
    tags: world  culture  learn  poet 
    what primitive tastes the ancients must have had if their poets were inspired by those absurd, untidy clumps of mist, idiotically jostling one another about
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: poet  absurd 
    Every genuine poet is necessarily a Columbus. America existed for centuries before Columbus but it was only Columbus who was able to track it down.
    — Yevgeny Zamyatin
    tags: america  poet 
    In Russia all tyrants believe poets to be their worst enemies.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    tags: enemies  believe  enemy  poet  russia 
    A poet's autobiography is his poetry. Anything else can only be a footnote.
    — Yevgeny Yevtushenko
    tags: poetry  poet 
    The violinist is that peculiarly human phenomenon distilled to a rare potency--half tiger,half poet.
    — Yehudi Menuhin
    tags: human  poet 
    The violinist must possess the poets gift of piercing the protective hide which grows on propagandists, stockbrokers and slave traders, to penetrate the deeper truth which lies within.
    — Yehudi Menuhin
    tags: truth  lies  gift  poet 
    I try to stay a civilian, to live as a human, not as a poet.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    tags: live  human  poet 
    The reason a poet is a poet is to write poems, not to advertise himself as a poet.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    tags: write  poem  poet 
    I've often said that all poetry is political. This is because real poems deal with a human response to reality and politics is part of reality, history in the making. Even if a poet writes about sitting in a glass house drinking tea, it reflects politics.
    — Yehuda Amichai
    The winter moon becomes a companion, the heart of the priest, sunk in meditation upon religion and philosophy, there in the mountain hall, is engaged in a delicate interplay and exchange with the moon; and it is this of which the poet sings.
    — Yasunari Kawabata
    The poet must work with brush and paper,but this is not what makes the poem. A man does not go in search of a poem - the poem comes in search of him.
    — Yang Wanli
    tags: men  work  poem  poet 
    Poetry is probably the one field of writing in which it is a mistake to try to psych out editors. In fact, specific marketing advice can sometimes harm the novice poet by enticing him to pursue fashions. The poet's best hope is to sound like nobody else, The finest, most enduring poetry constructs a marketplace of its own.
    — X. J. Kennedy
    With most people, not describable as artists, all the finer part of their vitality goes into sex. They become third-rate poets during their courtship. All their instincts of drama come out freshly with their wives. The artist is he in whom this emotionality normally absorbed by sex is so strong that it claims a newer and more exclusive field of deployment. Its first creation is the Artist himself, a new sort of person; the creative man.
    — Wyndham Lewis
    For the first rate poet, nothing short of a Queen or a Chimera is adequate for the powers of his praise.
    — Wyndham Lewis
    tags: power  praise  poet 
    People who stand near the water in the darkness are either lovers or poets. Or else ... one of that great gray number who've simply had it - who throw in their hand and won't play anymore.
    — Wolfgang Borchert
    tags: people  darkness  water  poet  lover 
    I cannot write in verse, for I am no poet. I cannot arrange the parts of speech with such art as to produce effects of light and shade, for I am no painter. Even by signs and gestures I cannot express my thoughts and feelings, for I am no dancer. But I can do so by means of sounds, for I am a musician.
    — Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
    tags: thoughts  speech  write  poet 
    Some of us " poets are not exactly poets. We live sometimes " beyond the word.
    — Wole Soyinka
    tags: live  poet 
    I usually write for the individual reader -though I would like to have many such readers. There are some poets who write for people assembled in big rooms, so they can live through something collectively. I prefer my reader to take my poem and have a one-on-one relationship with it.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    All the best have something in common, a regard for reality, an agreement to its primacy over the imagination. Even the richest, most surprising and wild imagination is not as rich, wild and surprising as reality. The task of the poet is to pick singular threads from this dense, colorful fabric.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    Though I may deny poets their monopoly on inspiration, I still place them in a select group of Fortune's darlings.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: poet 
    Poets yearn, of course, to be published, read, and understood, but they do little, if anything, to set themselves above the common herd and the daily grind.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: read  poet 
    When I mention somebody, that doesn't necessarily mean that I identify with him, personally or poetically. I'm extremely happy when I encounter poets who are different than I am. The ones who have their own distinct poetics provide me with the greatest experiences.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: experience  poet 
    Contemporary poets are skeptical and suspicious even, or perhaps especially, about themselves. They publicly confess to being poets only reluctantly, as if they were a little ashamed of it. But in our clamorous times it's much easier to acknowledge your faults, at least if they're attractively packaged, than to recognize your own merits, since these are hidden deeper and you never quite believe in them yourself.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    Each of us has a very rich nature and can look at things objectively, from a distance, and at the same time can have something more personal to say about them. I am trying to look at the world, and at myself, from many different points of view. I think many poets have this duality.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: time  nature  world  personal  poet 
    I started earning a living as a poet rather early on.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: living  poet 
    I'm fighting against the bad poet who is prone to using too many words.
    — Wislawa Szymborska
    tags: bad  fighting  poet 
    Poets, like friends to whom you are in debt, you hate.
    — William Wycherley
    tags: friends  hate  poet 
    Poets, like whores, are only hated by each other.
    — William Wycherley
    tags: poet 
    The Poet in his ArtMust intimate the whole, and say the smallest part.
    — William Wetmore Story
    tags: poet 
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