"'In the words of English poet Samuel Coleridge..."

My teacher told me to add a "the" before "English poet", is that necessary? The sentence reads fine to me as is, but I don't have anything to support it.

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    Your teacher is mistaken. The article is optional in this context. – FumbleFingers Oct 16 '19 at 18:07
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  • These Google Ngrams seem to show (1) both variants are used; (2) the variant with the article has always been the more popular; (3) the anarthrous variant is gaining ground; (4) poetry or at least criticism is relatively less common than round about the 1900s. – Edwin Ashworth Oct 16 '19 at 18:16

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