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Edward Dowden Quotes and Sayings

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For a poet to depict a poet in poetry is a hazardous experiment;
in regarding one's own trade a sense of humour and
a little wholesome cynicism are not amiss.
- Edward Dowden

Browning's tragedies are tragedies without villains.
- Edward Dowden

Sometimes a noble failure serves the world as faithfully
as a distinguished success.
- Edward Dowden

I am the poet of my mind.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

 

I am the poet of my mind.
I am the painter of my heart.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

Today, like every other day, we wake up empty
and frightened. Don't open the door to the study
and begin reading. Take down a musical instrument.
Let the beauty we love be what we do.
There are hundreds of ways to kneel and kiss the ground.
- Rumi (Persian poet 1207-1273)

"Therefore" is a word the poet must not know.
- Andre Gide

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God is the perfect poet.
- Robert Browning

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

A poet is, before anything else, a person who is passionately in love with language.
- W. H. Auden

To be a poet is a condition, not a profession.
- Robert Frost

A poet can survive everything but a misprint.
- Oscar Wilde

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

At the touch of love everyone becomes a poet.
- Plato

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

A true poet does not bother to be poetical.
Nor does a nursery gardener scent his roses.
- Jean Cocteau

A poet looks at the world the way a man looks at a woman.
- Wallace Stevens

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

Death most resembles a prophet who is without honor
in his own land or a poet who is a stranger among his people.
- Khalil Gibran

The poet is one who is able to keep
the fresh vision of the child alive.
- Anais Nin

Each memorable verse of a true poet has two or three
times the written content.
- Alfred de Musset

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

Whatever poet, orator or sage may say of it,
old age is still old age.
- Sinclair Lewis

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

The poet may be used as a barometer,
but let us not forget that he is also part of the weather.
- Lionel Trilling

There'll always be working people in my poems because I grew up with them,
and I am a poet of memory.
- Philip Levine

A sculptor is a person who is interested in the shape of things,
a poet in words, a musician by sounds.
- Henry Moore

A film is never really good unless the camera is an
eye in the head of a poet.
- Orson Welles

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire

Married or unmarried, young or old, poet or worker,
you are still a dreamer, and will one time know,
and feel, that your life is but a dream.
- Donald G. Mitchell

A poet's work is to name the unnameable,
to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments,
shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.
- Salman Rushdie

Children and lunatics cut the Gordian knot which the
poet spends his life patiently trying to untie.
- Jean Cocteau

As the poet said, 'Only God can make a tree,'
probably because it's so hard to figure out how to get the bark on.
- Woody Allen

Poetry is also the physical self of the poet,
and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The most original sin is not the thinker's but the poet's.
- Jose Bergamin

None merits the name of Creator but God and the poet.
- Torquato Tasso

The talent of a true writer and poet is in the ear.
- Bryant H. McGill

But the lover's power is the poet's power.
He can make love from all the common strings with which this world is strung.
- Amelia Barr

I think the best American poetry is the poetry that
utilizes the resources of poetry rather than exploits
the defects or triumphs of the poet's personality.
- Mark Strand

Why should the composer be more guilty than the poet
who warms to fantasy by a strange flame,
making an idea that inspires him the subject of his
own very different treatment?
- Franz Schubert

From the throes of inspiration and the eddies of thought
the poet may at last be able to arrive at,
and convey the right admixture of words and meaning.
- Eyvind Johnson

I think Whitman more than any other poet possessed
the gift of revealing to others the beauty of everything around us,
the beauty of nature, the beauty of human beings.
- Ella R. Bloor

A poet clings to his own tradition and avoids internationalism.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

The poet is the priest of the invisible.
- Wallace Stevens

Who shall measure the hat and violence of the poet's
heart when caught and tangled in a woman's body?
- Virginia Woolf

I think there's a poet who wrote once a tragedy by Shakespeare,
a symphony by Beethoven and a thunderstorm are based on the same elements.
I think that's a beautiful line.
- Maximilian Schell

But one does not make living writing poetry unless you're a professor,
and one frankly doesn't get a lot of girls as a poet.
- Jeffery Deaver

In a manner of speaking, the poem is its own knower,
neither poet nor reader knowing anything that the poem
says apart from the words of the poem.
- Allen Tate

If the poet has pursued a moral objective,
he has diminished his poetic force.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry is a succession of questions which the poet constantly poses.
- Vicente Aleixandre

The philosopher proves that the philosopher exists.
The poet merely enjoys existence.
- Wallace Stevens

My role in society, or any artist's or poet's role,
is to try and express what we all feel.
Not to tell people how to feel.
Not as a preacher, not as a leader,
but as a reflection of us all.
- John Lennon

The word poet literally means maker:
anything which is not well made doesn't exist.
- Theophile Gautier

A poet is a man who puts up a ladder to a star and
climbs it while playing a violin.
- Edmond de Goncourt

I never met anybody in my life who says,
I want to be a critic.
People want to be a fireman, poet, novelist.
- Leslie Fiedler

Theodore Roethke was a poet I was raised with so he
has a lot of sentimental value for me.
- Krist Novoselic

I am very sure that any man of common understanding may,
by culture, care, attention, and labor,
make himself what- ever he pleases, except a great poet.
- Lord Chesterfield

The poet never asks for admiration; he wants to be believed.
- Jean Cocteau

In a way you can feel that the poet actually is looking over your shoulder,
and you say to yourself, now, how would this go for
him? Would this do or not?
- Robert Fitzgerald

Too much is demanded by the critic, attempted by the poet.
- John C. Ransom

A prose writer gets tired of writing prose,
and wants to be a poet.
So he begins every line with a capital letter,
and keeps on writing prose.
- Samuel McChord Crothers

One travels so as to learn once more how to marvel
at life in the way a child does.
And blessed be the poet, the artist who knows how to
keep alive his sense of wonder.
- Ella Maillart

There is something about a poet which leads us to believe that he died,
in many cases, as long as 20 years before his birth.
- James Thurber

When Robert Frost was alive, I was known as the other new England poet,
which is to be barely known at all.
- Howard Nemerov

Could a man live by it, it were not unpleasant employment to be a poet.
- Oliver Goldsmith

None but a poet can write a tragedy.
For tragedy is nothing less than pain transmuted into
exaltation by the alchemy of poetry.
- Edith Hamilton

The job of the poet is to render the world -
to see it and report it without loss,
without perversion.
No poet ever talks about feelings.
Only sentimental people do.
- Mark Van Doren

I have never believed that the critic is the rival of the poet,
but I do believe that criticism is a genre of literature or it does not exist.
- Harold Bloom

Is encouragement what the poet needs? Open question.
Maybe he needs discouragement.
In fact, quite a few of them need more discouragement,
the most discouragement possible.
- Robert Fitzgerald

When the theater gates open, a mob pours inside,
and it is the poet's task to turn it into an audience.
- Franz Grillparzer


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