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Poetry and prayer are very similar. ...
by Carol Ann Duffy

Poetry and prayer are very similar.
- Carol Ann Duffy

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- Carol Ann Duffy

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.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Between 9am and 3pm is when I work most intensely.
- Carol Ann Duffy

 

Christmas is taken very seriously in this household.
I believe in Father Christmas, and there's no way I'd
do anything to undermine that belief.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to
find the language and images for intense feelings.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Edinburgh is my favourite city.
We'll be doing a lot of children's theatre and galleries.
- Carol Ann Duffy

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Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.
- Carol Ann Duffy

I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers:
short and memorable,
something you can recite.
- Carol Ann Duffy

I think the dangers are different now.
Our abuse of the planet and our resources is an anxiety.
- Carol Ann Duffy

I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales.
- Carol Ann Duffy

I write in that space between Ella's childhood and mine.
I know it all sounds a bit sinister.
- Carol Ann Duffy

My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy.
- Carol Ann Duffy

It's always good when women win things in fiction because
it tends to be more male-dominated,
unlike poetry, which is more equal.
- Carol Ann Duffy

When you have a child, your previous life seems like someone else's.
It's like living in a house and suddenly finding a
room you didn't know was there,
full of treasure and light.
- Carol Ann Duffy

Youth, large, lusty, loving -
Youth, full of grace, force, fascination.
Do you know that Old Age may come after you
with equal grace, force, fascination?
- Walt Whitman

Sometimes poetry is inspired by the conversation entered
into by reading other poems.
- John Barton

Poetry is an orphan of silence.
The words never quite equal the experience behind them.
- Charles Simic

Poetry is all that is worth remembering in life.
- William Hazlitt

Poetry heals the wounds inflicted by reason.
- Novalis

You will find poetry nowhere unless you bring some of it with you.
- Joseph Joubert

Poetry is what gets lost in translation.
- Robert Frost

Painting is silent poetry, and poetry is painting that speaks.
- Plutarch

Breathe-in experience, breathe-out poetry.
- Muriel Rukeyser

Poetry is language at its most distilled and most powerful.
- Rita Dove

One merit of poetry few persons will deny:
it says more and in fewer words than prose.
- Voltaire

Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power.
Poetry is boned with ideas, nerved and blooded with emotions,
all held together by the delicate, tough skin of words.
- Paul Engle

There's no money in poetry, but then there's no poetry in money,
either.
- Robert Graves

A poet's autobiography is his poetry.
Anything else is just a footnote.
- Yevgeny Yevtushenko

Poetry is plucking at the heartstrings,
and making music with them.
- Dennis Gabor

Genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.
- T. S. Eliot

He who draws noble delights from sentiments of poetry is a true poet,
though he has never written a line in all his life.
- George Sand

Poetry is the opening and closing of a door,
leaving those who look through to guess about what
is seen during the moment.
- Carl Sandburg

Everything one invents is true, you may be perfectly sure of that.
Poetry is as precise as geometry.
- Gustave Flaubert

Poetry is just the evidence of life.
If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash.
- Leonard Cohen

Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder,
with a dash of the dictionary.
- Khalil Gibran

Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and
the thought has found words.
- Robert Frost

There is poetry as soon as we realize that we possess nothing.
- John Cage

All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling.
- Oscar Wilde

Poetry is a mirror which makes beautiful that which is distorted.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

Poetry: the best words in the best order.
- Samuel Taylor Coleridge

Poetry is nearer to vital truth than history.
- Plato

Poetry is thoughts that breathe, and words that burn.
- Thomas Gray

Any healthy man can go without food for two days -
but not without poetry.
- Charles Baudelaire

Poetry should...
should strike the reader as a wording of his own highest thoughts,
and appear almost a remembrance.
- John Keats

Poetry is the revelation of a feeling that the poet
believes to be interior and personal which the reader recognizes as his own.
- Salvatore Quasimodo

Poetry is the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits.
- Carl Sandburg

Even when poetry has a meaning, as it usually has,
it may be inadvisable to draw it out...
Perfect understanding will sometimes almost extinguish pleasure.
- A. E. Housman

Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance.
- Carl Sandburg

Poetry is the rhythmical creation of beauty in words.
- Edgar Allan Poe

To see clearly is poetry, prophecy and religion all in one.
- John Ruskin

Poetry is the art of creating imaginary gardens with real toads.
- Marianne Moore

If you cannot be a poet, be the poem.
- David Carradine

A poem conveys not a message so much as the provenance of a message,
an advent of sense.
- Thomas Harrison

You don't have to suffer to be a poet;
adolescence is enough suffering for anyone.
- John Ciardi

I sometimes talk about the making of a poem within the poem.
- Howard Nemerov

Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
- Anne Stevenson

You don't make a poem with ideas, but with words.
- Stephane Mallarme

Every single soul is a poem.
- Michael Franti

Poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.
- Percy Bysshe Shelley

A poem is never finished, only abandoned.
- Paul Valery

The poet is a liar who always speaks the truth.
- Jean Cocteau

A poem can have an impact, but you can't expect an
audience to understand all the nuances.
- Douglas Dunn

If you read quickly to get through a poem to what it means,
you have missed the body of the poem.
- M. H. Abrams

The poem is the point at which our strength gave out.
- Richard Rosen

To read a poem is to hear it with our eyes;
to hear it is to see it with our ears.
- Octavio Paz

Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion,
but an escape from emotion; it is not the expression of personality,
but an escape from personality.
But, of course, only those who have personality and
emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things.
- T. S. Eliot

The poet doesn't invent.
He listens.
- Jean Cocteau

To have great poets, there must be great audiences.
- Walt Whitman

Usually a life turned into a poem is misrepresented.
- Mark Strand

Always be a poet, even in prose.
- Charles Baudelaire


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