10 Great Quotes About Poets, Poetry, and Art by Carol Ann Duffy

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“For me, poetry is the music of being human. And also a time machine by which we can travel to who we are and to who we will become.”

“You can find poetry in your everyday life, your memory, in what people say on the bus, in the news, or just what’s in your heart.”

“Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.”

“I like to use simple words, but in a complicated way.”

“I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.”

“Like the sand and the oyster, it’s a creative irritant. In each poem, I’m trying to reveal a truth, so it can’t have a fictional beginning.”

“I see the shape of the poem before I start writing, and the writing is just the process of arriving at the shape.”

“I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.”

“I think all poets must feel this: that there is constantly something new to be discovered in the language. It’s like a thrilling encounter, and you can find things.”

“The poem is a form of texting… it’s the original text. It’s a perfecting of a feeling in language – it’s a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.”

–Carol Ann Duffy

 

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