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Poets/Poetry

 

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  1. All good verses are like impromptus made at leisure —Joseph Joubert
  2. Composed poetry … like a dancer working at the barre, continually exercising the power of imagining, like a muscle that demanded flexing and stretching —Arthur A. Cohen
  3. Explaining how you write poetry … it’s like going round explaining how you sleep with your wife —Phillip Larkin
  4. He [the poet] approaches lucid ground warily, like a mariner who is determined not to scrape his bottom on anything solid. A poet’s pleasure is to withhold a little of his meaning, to intensify by mystification —E. B. White
  5. Like science, poetry must fix its thought in thing and symbol —Dilys Laing
  6. Like a piece of ice on a hot stove the poem must ride on its own melting —Robert Frost
  7. Like marijuana smoke are poet’s verses —Jaroslav Seifert
  8. Poems are like people … there are not many authentic ones around —Robert Graves
  9. The poet is like the prince of the clouds who rides the tempest … exiled on the ground, amidst boos and insults, his giant’s wings prevent his walking —Charles Baudelaire
  10. Poetry is like light —Delmore Schwartz
  11. Poetry is like painting; one piece takes your fancy if you stand close to it, another if you keep at some distance —Horace
  12. Poetry … is like spray blown by some wind from a heaving sea, or like sparks blown from a smouldering fire: a cry which the violence of circumstances wrings from some poor fellow —George Santayana
  13. Poets … are conductors of the senses of men, as teachers and preachers are the insulators —Karl Shapiro

    The simile is taken from a prose poem entitled As You Say (not without sadness), Poets Don’t See They Feel It contains another simile which sheds light on the poet as one who strips away insulation: “He pulls at the seams [of insulation] like a boy whose trousers are cutting him in half.”

  14. Poets are like baseball pitchers. Both have their moments. The intervals are the tough things —Robert Frost
  15. Publishing a volume of verse is like dropping a rose petal down the Grand Canyon and waiting for the echo —Don Marquis, The Sun Dial, 1878
  16. Rhymes you as fast as a sailor will swear —Babette Deutsch

    The simile is from a poem honoring John Skelton.

  17. They [poets] are honored and ignored like famous dead Presidents —Delmore Schwartz
  18. To try to read a poem with the eyes of the first reader who read it is like trying to see a landscape without the atmosphere that clothes it —W. Somerset Maugham
  19. To write a lyric is like having a fit, you can’t have one when you wish you could … and you can’t help having it when it comes itself —Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
  20. Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down —Robert Frost
References in classic literature ?
So have I heard thee say once before," answered the disciple, "and then thou addedst: 'But the poets lie too much.
Theologians think it a pretty air-castle to talk of the Spiritual meaning of a ship or a cloud, of a city or a contract, but they prefer to come again to the solid ground of historical evidence; and even the poets are contented with a civil and conformed manner of living, and to write poems from the fancy, at a safe distance from their own experience.
People do, indeed, add the word 'maker' or 'poet' to the name of the metre, and speak of elegiac poets, or epic (that is, hexameter) poets, as if it were not the imitation that makes the poet, but the verse that entitles them all indiscriminately to the name.
Browning, among English poets, second to Shakespeare alone--"He comes very near the gigantic total of [43] Shakespeare.
Another than yourself might here observe, 'Shakespeare is in possession of the world's good opinion, and yet Shakespeare is the greatest of poets.
Two Poets were quarrelling for the Apple of Discord and the Bone of Contention, for they were very hungry.
What was good in Smith was the reflected fire of the poets who had a vital heat in them; and it was by mere chance that I bathed myself in his second-hand effulgence.
THE fifteenth century, the century in which King James I reigned and died, has been called the "Golden Age of Scottish Poetry," because of the number of poets who lived and wrote then.
Soon a great national dynasty arrives whose Emperors are often patrons of literature and occasionally poets as well.
All the greatest of these writers were poets, wholly or in part, and they fall roughly into two groups: first, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Robert Southey, and Walter Scott; and second, about twenty years younger, Lord Byron, Percy Bysshe Shelley, and John Keats.
But they were poets," retorted Rosalind; "you don't call poets natural.
As he was sitting one evening in his room, a dreadful storm arose without, and the rain streamed down from heaven; but the old poet sat warm and comfortable in his chimney-comer, where the fire blazed and the roasting apple hissed.