Content Updated On : 2022-05-20

Well - I started writing - probably in the early 60s and by say '65-'66 I had read most of the poetry that had been published - certainly in the 20 years prior to that.

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The Scottish Highlands are incredible. There seems to be magic and poetry everywhere.

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There is one type of ideal woman very seldom described in poetry - the old maid, the woman whom sorrow or misfortune prevents from fulfilling her natural destiny.

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Poetry is not easy. Or should I say, real poetry is not easy.

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

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This proves that great lyric poetry can die, be reborn, die again, but will always remain one of the most outstanding creations of the human soul.

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I thought we were gonna open up the world of poetry and music to all kinds of things, and yet, I can't really think of anyone who's done anything like it since.

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If a line of poetry strays into my memory, my skin bristles so that the razor ceases to act.

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There was no market for poetry about trauma, abuse, loss, love, and healing through the lens of a Punjabi-Sikh immigrant woman.

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I don't think poetry is something that can be taught. We can encourage young writers, but what you can't teach them is the very essence of poetry.

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When you're 15, you're not really talking about the vicissitudes of fate and failed love and poetry and swordfighting - not a lot is necessarily touching on your own personal experience.

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I think that is where poetry reading becomes such an individual thing. I mean I have friend who like poets who just don't say anything to me at all, I mean they seem to me rather ordinary and pedestrian.

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Queen Latifah was writing poetry. Maybe Latifah's 'Ladies First' and Angelou's 'Phenomenal Woman' are the same thing, a generation apart.

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Poetry is truth in its Sunday clothes.

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Poetry is also the physical self of the poet, and it is impossible to separate the poet from his poetry.

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The subject of Finnish poetry ought to have a special interest for the Japanese student, if only for the reason that Finnish poetry comes more closely in many respects to Japanese poetry than any other form of Western poetry.

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The actual world, not some fantastic structure that has nothing to do with reality, must provide the material for modern poetry.

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Poetry is not only a set of words which are chosen to relate to each other; it is something which goes much further than that to provide a glimpse of our vision of the world.

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I came to poetry through the urgent need to denounce injustice, exploitation, humiliation. I know that's not enough to change the world. But to remain silent would have been a kind of intolerable complicity.

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Poetry is the key to the hieroglyphics of nature.

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