Keats asked that question. He said he was the man, An equal to the King, or the poorest beggar. Between Plato and the Ape, he said. I add, the Fool. A king can say, can do, kingly things A philosopher can say dreams of wondrous thinking. A reader of Poetry can make Fools thinkers and thinkers Fools.
From ** Keats, “Where’s The Poet?” Written 1818, Published 1848.