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The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant. What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting. And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it. He hopes there is somebody receiving it.

The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant. What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting. And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it. He hopes there is somebody receiving it.

I like poems that are little games.

I like poems that are little games.

I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry. ---->>>

Poetry is composing for the breath.

Poetry is composing for the breath.

The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered. ---->>>

My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence. ---->>>

The problem, for me, with the writing programs is that they produce a terrible uniformity of product. ---->>>

There are so many things that poetry is about, one of which is memory. ---->>>

It is very difficult for people to come in contact with their own emotions and their own sensibilities. ---->>>

But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me. ---->>>

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.

Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.

I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant. ---->>>

Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding. ---->>>

And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet. ---->>>

I like poems that are complex. ---->>>

If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget. ---->>>

If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets. ---->>>

In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired and pushed forward by what I read. ---->>>

It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose. ---->>>

Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers. ---->>>

But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous, too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom. A certain freedom to live in a free way. ---->>>

The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work. ---->>>

But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most. ---->>>

Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world. ---->>>

Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such. ---->>>

For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago, but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem to be written in the present indicative. ---->>>

I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered, but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that. ---->>>

In order to understand what they need to understand, in order to write what they write, they have to be free. And yet, they aren't ever free. They are not free because they are not free of the constrictions their art puts on them. ---->>>

People are talking about the Internet as though it is going to change the world. It's not going to change the world. It's not going to change the way we think, and it's not going to change the way we feel. ---->>>

The more poetry you have in the head, the more poetry you will understand because you will be getting to the roots of what it is that makes people write poetry at all. ---->>>

They need to learn poetry. They don't need to learn about poetry. They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don't need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it. ---->>>

Biography

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Nationality: British
Born: 04-13, 1951
Birthplace: Streatham, London, England
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Occupation: Actor
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Peter Davison (born Peter Malcolm Gordon Moffett on 13 April 1951) is an English actor with many credits in television dramas and sitcoms. He became famous as Tristan Farnon in the BBC's television adaptation of James Herriot's All Creatures Great and Small stories. His subsequent starring roles included the sitcoms Holding the Fort and Sink or Swim, the fifth incarnation of the Doctor in Doctor Who, Dr (wikipedia)