A poet is a person who creates poetry. Poets may be described as such by others. A poet may be a writer of poetry, or may perform their art to an audience; the work of a poet is one of communication, either expressing ideas in a literal sense, such as writing about a specific event or place, or metaphorically. Poets have existed since antiquity, in nearly all languages, have produced works that vary in different cultures and periods. 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. In Ancient Rome, professional poets were sponsored by patrons, wealthy supporters including nobility and military officials. For instance, Gaius Cilnius Maecenas, friend to Caesar Augustus, was an important patron for the Augustan poets, including both Horace and Virgil. Poets held an important position in pre-Islamic Arabic society with the poet or sha'ir filling the role of historian and propagandist.

Words in praise of the tribe and lampoons denigrating other tribes seem to have been some of the most popular forms of early poetry. The sha'ir represented an individual tribe's prestige and importance in the Arabian peninsula, mock battles in poetry or zajal would stand in lieu of real wars.'Ukaz, a market town not far from Mecca, would play host to a regular poetry festival where the craft of the sha'irs would be exhibited. In the High Middle Ages, troubadors were an important class of poets and came from a variety of backgrounds, they lived and travelled in many different places and were looked upon as actors or musicians as much as poets. They were under patronage, but many travelled extensively; the Renaissance period saw a continuation of patronage of poets by royalty. Many poets, had other sources of income, including Italians like Dante Aligheri, Giovanni Boccaccio and Petrarch's works in a pharmacist's guild and William Shakespeare's work in the theater. In the Romantic period and onwards, many poets were independent writers who made their living through their work supplemented by income from other occupations or from family.

This included poets such as Robert Burns. Poets such as Virgil in the Aeneid and John Milton in Paradise Lost invoked the aid of a Muse. Poets of earlier times were well read and educated people while others were to a large extent self-educated. A few poets such as John Gower and John Milton were able to write poetry in more than one language; some Portuguese poets, as Francisco de Sá de Miranda, wrote not only in Portuguese but in Spanish. Jan Kochanowski wrote in Polish and in Latin, France Prešeren and Karel Hynek Mácha wrote some poems in German, although they were poets of Slovenian and Czech respectively. Adam Mickiewicz, the greatest poet of Polish language, wrote a Latin ode for emperor Napoleon III. Another example is a Polish poet; when he moved to Great Britain, he ceased to write poetry in Polish, but started writing novel in English. He translated poetry from English and into English. Many universities offer degrees in creative writing though these only came into existence in the 20th century.

While these courses are not necessary for a career as a poet, they can be helpful as training, for giving the student several years of time focused on their writing. List of poets Bard Lyricist Reginald Gibbons, The Poet's Work: 29 poets on the origins and practice of their art. University of Chicago Press. ISBN 9780226290546 at Google Books


Biscuitville is a held regional fast-food restaurant chain consisting of 57 locations in the U. S. states of North Virginia. The restaurants specialize in Southern cuisine. All biscuits served at Biscuitville restaurants are made from scratch "hot every 15 minutes"; the company named Mountainbrook Fresh Bread & Milk, started as two bread stores in Burlington, North Carolina The founder, Maurice Jennings, began making pizzas, but soon wanted a way to put the business to work in the morning. The biscuit recipe was developed by the Burlington Pizzaville store Manager Jack King; the company began making biscuits, the company sold more biscuits than pizzas. The company decided to open its first biscuit-only operation, which it named "Biscuitville", opened in Danville, VA, in 1975. Today, the corporate headquarters is in North Carolina. Biscuitville to move HQ to Guilford County Biscuitville official website Biscuitville Announces Changes to Cooking Oil

Lucas with the Lid Off

"Lucas with the Lid Off" is a 1994 song by Danish rapper Lucas Secon, released as the lead single from his album Lucacentric. It features a sample from the 1935 Benny Goodman song "When Buddha Smiles"; the single was a hit in the United States, reaching number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 22 on the Billboard Modern Rock Tracks chart. It was most successful in Australia, where it reached number 15, it peaked within the top 40 in Canada, New Zealand and the United Kingdom; the music video for the song was directed by the French film maker Michel Gondry and was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Music Video at the 37th Annual Grammy Awards. The video is known for its technical achievement in that it was shot in one long continuous single take with no edits, cuts or digital enhancement. In an RES magazine interview, Gondry explained: "Michel called this video'a big turn for me, because it was so challenging. Nobody believed - me - that we could pull that off when we made it after 17 takes, because it was done all in-camera in one shot.

There is no post-production at all. I think this one gave me a lot of attention.'"Lucas with the Lid Off was nominated in the Best Music Video category at the 37th Grammy Awards, The video was received a MTV Video Music Award nomination for Best Male Video at the 1995 MTV Video Music Awards, was No. 20 in Slant Magazine’s 100 Greatest Music Videos. On the album A Century of Song, the song was covered by the American band La Musique Populaire, it was performed in the form of a spoof in an episode of the PBS series Bill Nye the Science Guy in 1995, but renamed "Whether the Weather" as part of the episode's scientific lesson about climates. The song was featured in the Jennifer Love Hewitt film, Can’t Hardly Wait. Michel Gondry official website: videos:'Lucas With The Lid Off'