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Orpheus, the greatest poet of Classical mythology
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Postmortal fictional portrait of Slovak poet Janko Kráľ (1822-1876) - an idealized romanticized picture of "how a real poet should look like" in Western culture.

A poet is a person who writes poetry. The work of poets can be literally means a work that is derived from a specific event or in a characteristic way. Poets have objective reality since antiquity, in nearly all languages. Poets have made works to change from one condition to another of different cultures and time periods.[1]

A poet has in most cases no any character. He is just like a child, who has substance, open and vulnerable nature. At large, the main nature of a poet is fairness, approval or favour and vulneralibity.The poet is familiar of shortcoming of human language and is constantly a touch outside language. And it is seen by a poet that language is in a state of turning into and cannot be arrested. That is the poet who takes language at overflow and goes with it. The poet has sense to feel the wave of language.[2]


The work of poets can be literal, meaning that their work is derived from a specific event, or metaphorical, and can be taken on many meanings and forms. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, and have produced works that vary greatly in different cultures and time periods.[1] Throughout each civilization and language, poets have used various styles that have changed through the course of literary history, resulting in a history of poets as diverse as the literature they have produced.

The English word "poet" is derived from the French poète, itself descended from the Latin first-declension masculine noun poeta, meaning "poet". The word "poetry" derives from the Latin feminine noun poetria, meaning not "poetry" but "poetess".

French poet Arthur Rimbaud summarized the "poet" by writing:

"A poet makes himself a visionary through a long, boundless, and systematized disorganization of all the senses. All forms of love, of suffering, of madness; he searches himself, he exhausts within himself all poisons, and preserves their quintessences. Unspeakable torment, where he will need the greatest faith, a superhuman strength, where he becomes all men: the great invalid, the great criminal, the great accursed—and the Supreme Scientist! For he attains the unknown! Because he has cultivated his soul, already rich, more than anyone! He attains the unknown, and, if demented, he finally loses the understanding of his visions, he will at least have seen them! So what if he is destroyed in his ecstatic flight through things unheard of, unnameable: other horrible workers will come; they will begin at the horizons where the first one has fallen!"

Although that is only one opinion of many on a poet's definition.[3]

William Wordsworth once described the poet's task as to:

"A present joy the matter of a song,

Pour forth that day my soul in measured strains

That would not be forgotten and are here


(The Prelude Book 1)

Marianne Moore famously described the poet's job as creating "imaginary gardens with real toads in them".(Poetry)

Many poets such as Virgil in the Aeneid and John Milton in Paradise Lost invoke the aid of a Muse to help them in their tasks.

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  1. ^ a b Orban, Clara Elizabeth (1997). The Culture of Fragments: Word and Images in Futurism and Surrealism. Rodopi. p. 3. ISBN 90-420-0111-9. 
  2. ^ The Poet's Work: 29 Poets on the Origins and Practice of Their Art-page.101,102. Books.Google. Retrieved 11 September 2014. 
  3. ^ Rimbaud, Arthur (1957). Louise Varèse, ed. Illuminations, and Other Prose Poems. New Directions Publishing. p. xxx. OCLC 6555779.