The Most Influential Poets in History

In hopes of rekindling or stirring up your passion for poetry. Here are a few power quotes from ten very influential poets. Some you no doubt are familiar with and others you may not know. Through this brief introduction may you find that passionate fire to keep your creative engine stoked.

  1. William Shakespeare – If anyone could make you fall in love with life again, the “Bard of Avon” would be just the man to do it.

    “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind. And therefore, is winged Cupid painted blind.

  2. Walt Whitman – Called the “Bard of Democracy” Mr. Whitman single-handedly revolutionized American poetry.

    “Re-examine all you’ve been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”

  3. William Wordsworth – Had it not been for this author of The Prelude the era of Romanticism in English poetry would not exist.

    “Poetry is the first and last of all knowledge – It is as immortal as the heart of man.”

  4. John Keats – Highly prolific in life, he left behind some works which made him one of the most beloved of all English poets.

    “My imagination is a monastery and I am its monk.”

  5. John Milton –  His epic poem Paradise Lost is widely considered to be one of the greatest works of literature ever written.

    Many a man lives a burden to the Earth, but a good book is the precious life-blood of a master spirit, imbalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life.

  6. William Blake – Blake is considered a seminal figure in the history of poetry and visual art of the Romantic Age.

    The man who never alters his opinion is like standing water and breeds reptiles of the mind.

  7. Percy Bysshe Shelley – P.B. Shelley was renowned as one of the most distinguished and influential Romantic poets of his time.

    Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.

  8. Edgar Allen Poe – Poe was an American author who is considered to be a pioneer in the field of short stories as well as detective fiction and others.

    Words have no power to impress the mind without the exquisite horror of their reality.

  9. Ezra Pound – Pound’s contribution to poetry began in the early 20th century with his role in developing Imagism, a movement stressing precision and economy of language.

    Properly, we should read for power. Man reading should be man intensely alive. The book should be a ball of light in one’s hand.”

  10. T.S. Eliot – The author of  Four Quartets  rose to prominence  with his maiden poem, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” in 1915; which was a masterpiece of the Modernist movement.”

    Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.

There are many great poets, but the above-mentioned are the most influential in history. The reason great poets are so rare is that it has been said love makes every man a poet, but no amount of love can make a man a great poet unless he is blessed with the divine gifts of creativity and innate ability. Poets’ words weave fantasy worlds These woven words can be very powerful by revealing the hidden beauty of a language in the most purist way. You’ve read variables of thoughts from the minds of some of the most profound poets who have ever picked up a pin. May something spark a flame in you to pick up that pin or hit those computer keys while walking through the corridors of your creative mind and open an unlocked door you never knew existed.

Thank you for your continued readership and support. Until next week…Blessings and Peace!

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