Who is a Poet? If you want to know, there are hundreds of definitions. Also, you may find a number of explanations regarding their works, attitudes and poetic imaginations.
The great Tamil poet Kamban says a poem must have two qualities. First, it must have brightness. Brightness to drive away the darkness from the heart of the reader and he must be enlightened. Second, it must have a lucid style with beautiful words attracting the reciter. And by its contents and meaning, it must take the reader to a new height. He must float in the seventh heaven!
Another Tamil Poet Desikavinayakam Pillai says any poem should come from the heart. It should take a pleasurable form. And in a lucid style, it must have beautiful Tamil words. G. Bottomly agrees with this view saying that poetry is founded on the hearts of man.
The great poet Subramanya Bharathiyar says his profession is ‘Poem’. And he wants to flood the nation with his poems without wasting even a second to elevate all the blind who are, sleeping closing their eyes, mind, and heart, not able to love their Motherland.
According to the Emerson, The poet is not any permissive potentate but is emperor in his own right. He also says there was never poet who had not the heart in the right place.
Whatever comes from their heart that is very valuable. Plato gives the reason for this. Plato says that Poets utter great and wise things which they do, not themselves understand.
Shelley declares that the Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
Dillon says that True poets are the guardians of the state.
Thomas Carlyle opines that Poet is a heroic figure belonging to all ages. J.E. Flecker says that the poet’s business is not to save the soul of man but to make it worth saving.
Emerson gives a glorious tribute to all the poets saying that Poets are liberating Gods and the poets who have lives in cities have been hermits still.
When Isaak says that a poet is the painter of the soul, E.H. Chapin declares that the true poet is very near the oracle.
Great poets inspired their people by their songs. Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay’s poem ‘Vandematharam’ echoed every nook and corner of India. All the thirty crore Indians united together opposed British rule singing this song. They got their freedom also.
Wordsworth did not know at first what would the poem ‘Daffodils’ bring to him. But later on, he realized that ‘For oft when on my couch I lie, In vacant or in pensive mood, They flash upon that inward eye, Which is the bliss of solitude, And then my heart with pleasure fills, And dances with the Daffodils’.
Oh! The pleasure a poem brings to us is incomparable and could not be even equated to the pleasures of heaven!