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A subject was offered him, in which no other poet would have found a theme for the Muse.

I doubt if even the poet ever works just what he means on the mind of his fellow.

A parting word may, however, be devoted to the poet himself.

But ambition is foreign to the Shakespeare-Hamlet nature, so the poet does not employ it.

The next sonnet puts the poet's feeling as strongly as possible.

The pomp of Antony's position, too, and his kingly personality pleased our poet.

And this poet was proud, and vain, and in love with all distinctions.

Let us now turn to "The Tempest," and see how our poet figures in it.

Now, what is the reason of this right-about-face on the part of the poet?

Blush, then, Delicacy, that cannot bear the poet's amor omnibus idem!

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "a poet, a singer" (c.1200 as a surname), from Old French poete (12c., Modern French poète) and directly from Latin poeta "a poet," from Greek poetes "maker, author, poet," variant of poietes, from poein, poiein "to make, create, compose," from PIE *kwoiwo- "making," from root *kwei- "to pile up, build, make" (cf. Sanskrit cinoti "heaping up, piling up," Old Church Slavonic činu "act, deed, order").

Replaced Old English scop (which survives in scoff). Used in 14c., as in classical languages, for all sorts of writers or composers of works of literature. Poète maudit, "a poet insufficiently appreciated by his contemporaries," literally "cursed poet," attested by 1930, from French (1884, Verlaine). For poet laureate see laureate.

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