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Many men of science and poets have in their own manner, by various ways and means, and aided by others, sought unceasingly to create a more tolerable world for everyone.
Intellectuals, academics, writers and poets were an important force in the early groups of volunteers. They had the means to get to Spain and were accustomed to travelling, whereas very few workers had left British shores.
When I was young, I overheard a Brit say Canada wasn't a real country because it doesn't have any poets. Even then, I kind of knew that was wrong, but I still thought, 'Wow, here's my chance to do something, to be of service to my country.'
Francis Webb is easily our greatest poet and one of the greatest poets in the world but he's hardly ever mentioned.
When I was 18, I lived in Greenwich Village, New York, for nine months. At that time, I wanted to change the world, not through architecture, but through painting. I lived the artist's life, mingling with poets and writers, and working as a waiter. I was intrigued by the aliveness of the city.
Christian de Portzamparc
Most of the more celebrated names among African-American authors, poets, and artists are known to the world because of their association with specific cultural arts movements.
I love art, and it plays a huge role in my life. It's definitely one of my greatest joys, and I'm a bit fanatical about certain painters and poets and musicians and sculptors.
T.S. Eliot was one of the first poets introduced to me when I started studying literature and has felt like a close friend ever since. No one nails urban despair quite like Eliot.
Travellers, like poets, are mostly an angry race: by falling into a daily fit of passion, I proved to the governor and his son, who were profuse in their attentions, that I was in earnest.
Richard Francis Burton
Another one of the old poets, whose name has escaped my memory at present, called Truth the daughter of Time.
Lyrics have to be underwritten. That's why poets generally make poor lyric writers because the language is too rich. You get drowned in it.
Of course poets have morals and manners of their own, and custom is no argument with them.
Poets take themselves very seriously.
If you want poets in space, you'll have to wait.
I'm very conscious that people dear to me are alive in my imagination - poets in particular.
My favorite poets may not be your bread and butter. I have more favorite poems than favorite poets.
Some of my favorite poets had a tremendous sense of whimsy, so it's a writing style I guess I admire.
All poets are idlers, even if all idlers are not poets.
I hear poets complaining: 'We face what our forebears did not face. We face TV. We face radio. We face this and that.'
In the Western tradition, the first writers were teachers and historians, vastly traveled, who spiced their reports with fantasies. They were also poets who sang and entertained prince and pauper.
F. Sionil Jose
There are very few great poets in the world.
Tahar Ben Jelloun
Maybe the example of Southern fiction writing has been so powerful that Southern poets have sort of keyed themselves to that.
I meet kids now who become novelists, poets, write for the theater and movies, who were simply inspired by what they saw during the Spoleto Festival.
Poets, for example, are generally considered starry-eyed and sensitive, but only by those who have never encountered one.
Has the painter not always gone to an art school, or at least to an established master, for instruction? And the composer, the sculptor, the architect? Then why not the writer? Good poets, like good hybrid corn, are both born and made.
John F. Kennedy
Martin Luther King, Jr.
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