Carol Ann Duffy - Quotes

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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. ---->>>

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.

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.

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

Poetry and prayer are very similar.

Poetry and prayer are very similar.

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

Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.

Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.

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.

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.

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. ---->>>

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

I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.

I grew up in a bookless house - my parents didn't read poetry, so if I hadn't had the chance to experience it at school I'd never have experienced it. But I loved English, and I was very lucky in that I had inspirational English teachers, Miss Scriven and Mr. Walker, and they liked us to learn poems by heart, which I found I loved doing.

I always say that I'll have a go and see whether the poem works and if it does, then fine. ---->>>

I like to think that I'm a sort of poet for our times. ---->>>

Having a child takes you back to all those parts of your own childhood that you had hidden away. ---->>>

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.

Between 9am and 3pm is when I work most intensely. ---->>>

I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way. ---->>>

If we think of what's up ahead, with climate change and wars over water, it's very frightening. ---->>>

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

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

The poem is the literary form of the 21st century. It's able to connect young people in a deep way to language... it's language as play. ---->>>

If I felt, in the event of a royal wedding, inspired to write about people coming together in marriage or civil partnership, I would just be grateful to have an idea for the poem. And if I didn't, I'd ignore it. ---->>>

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

I always wanted a child. Being a mother is the central thing in my life. ---->>>

I am always pleased to be asked to write a poem. ---->>>

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

I still have a feeling that I haven't written the best that I can write. 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 moment of inspiration can come from memory, or language, or the imagination, or experience - anything that makes an impression forcibly enough for language to form. ---->>>

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

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

I'll be left writing picture books and fairy tales. ---->>>

My prose is turgid, it just hasn't got any energy. ---->>>

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. ---->>>

Biography

Nationality: British
Born: 12-23, 1955
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Occupation: Poet
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Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE FRSL (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position (wikipedia)