Kshemendra – A Poet Should Learn with His Eyes

A poet should learn with his eyes
The forms of leaves –
He should know about oceans and mountains
In themselves,
And the sun and the moon and the stars.
His mind should enter into the seasons,
He should go
Among many people
In many places
And learn their languages.

Kshemendra (c.1150)
from Kavikanthabharana from the Sanskrit