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Admired Poets

"Go inside yourself. Discover the motive that bids you write; examine whether it sends its roots down
to the deepest places of your heart, confess to yourself whether you would have to die
if writing were denied you. This before all: ask yourself in the quietest hour of your night:
must I write?"--Rainer Maria Rilke

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

"Poets are jails. Works are the convicts who escape."-Jean Cocteau

"A poet is a nightingale, who sits in darkness
and sings to cheer its own solitude with sweet sounds."—Percy Bysshe Shelley

"Do not commit your poems to pages alone, sing them I pray you."—Virgil

"Everything becomes a little different as soon as it is spoken out loud."—Herman Hesse

"To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes; to hear it is to see it with our ears."—Octavio Paz


Favorite Poet Links

Nikki Giovanni
Sylvia Plath Poems
Anne Sexton
Allen Ginsberg
Jim Morrison
Robert Frost
Emily Dickinson
Sandra Cisneros
Louise Gluck
e.e. cummings
Margaret Atwood
Carol Ann Duffy
Joanne Monte