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Most poets are loners who spend hours in isolation trying to put words to their emotions. No matter how far out in the woods of Maine a poet lives, though, there's always that little part of their brain that thinks maybe, just maybe, the Nobel Prize committee is going to come knocking on their door one day.

Poetry is one of the most lasting and influential of all the arts. Homer wrote the Iliad and the Odyssey sometime around the 8th century BC, almost 3,000 years ago, and people are still picking up copies today. Too bad he's not still around to be collecting on the royalties. There are countless references to poetry in everyday speech and living, so the potential for glory is certainly there. You just have to be in the top 1% of 1% of poets who ever lived. No biggie.