His character was voiced by Frank Welker in the 1980s cartoon, and Lawrence Sheldon in the 2021 series.
Poet is the village writer who enjoys crafting poetry and occasionally writing plays and stories. He is usually seen carrying a quill on his head or a harp around.
In the 1980s cartoon show, he is usually composing Odes, such as: Ode to the Sun, Ode to Petrification, Ode to an Apple (before Greedy ate it), Ode to a Paint Brush, Ode to a Stripe, Ode to the Missing Smurfs (though Grouchy stopped him: "I HATE sad poems!"), Ode to a Fried Egg (even though Painter forcibly discouraged this one, saying "Bah! You cannot do zat! I am already painting zee fried egg!"), Ode to a River, Ode to Rain, and Ode to Brainy Smurf.
Poet is a kind and creative Smurf who crafts poems about just about really anything that inspires him.
He creates poems at any point in time, usually reading (or saying) them out-loud where he stands. He's often quite animated as he does so, making motions with a free hand (if he's holding said poem) or the like.
As of "Denisa's Greedy Doll" and the 2021 series onwards, Poet is shown to regularly speak in rhyming couplets. In previous appearances, he usually doesn't rhyme unless he works on his poetry.
Poet does not seem to have any particular Smurf best friend, but they all care about him and consider him a friend.
Usually, the Smurfs let him read his newest work whenever he has one, rarely reacting with negativity. In "Painter And Poet", however, he makes a group of Smurfs listening to his poetry fall asleep. Seeing as no one in the village appears to understand their art, him and Painter plan to run away together, the two sailing away on a boat in search of a far-off land before a whirlwind occurs and strands them on an island. As they are gone, Poet and Painter have heated arguments with each other, but later on the duo work together to defeat Gargamel and save their fellow Smurfs from his clutches. Poet even compliments him on a painting that tricked the evil wizard and his cat, calling it his greatest masterpiece ever.
Despite whether or not they understand his work, Poet loves the others very much. In "Poet's Writers' Block", when he is about to be banished to the Valley of the Howling Wolves for the rest of his life, he writes a very heartfelt farewell poem to the Smurfs. The poem is so touching, one of the Wilybeast guards presents it to the king, who reads it aloud and successfully lifts his daughter of her curse. When he is set free, Poet goes home and presents his poem to the others via the Smurf Theatre, which moves the village to tears and applause.
Poet considers writing a poem for Clumsy among the many other requests he received in "Poet's Writers' Block", stating his reasoning to be that he really likes him. Later in the episode, after he writes the farewell poem, he sadly requests one of the guards to leave it under a rock in the forest, claiming his friend Clumsy collects rocks and will find it. He also thinks of how he'll miss his friends, Smurfette's smile, Clumsy tripping, and Papa Smurf just being himself.
Jokey is another Smurf seen with Poet in the 2021 cartoon episodes "Funny Mommy" and "Poet Slam". In these, Poet gets annoyed with him but later in the episode, he considers him as a friend. In "Poet Slam", Jokey helps Poet be able to poet again.
In The Movies
Poet briefly appears as a background character in Smurfs: The Lost Village.
Poet is one of the playable characters in the PC game The TeleTransport Smurf.
In the app game Smurfs' Village, Poet's hut in the main village costs 25 smurfberries.
- He usually rolls his 'R's when he's in poetry mode.
- He also reads to the Smurfs about the Knights of The Round Table.
- Poet's feather on his hat changes in most of the media he is in: white (The original Smurfs comics, the 1981 TV series, and the 2021 TV series), red (The earlier Smurfs comics and The Smurfs And The Magic Flute), and purple (Smurfs: The Lost Village).