"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."
"The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched - they must be felt with the heart."Carol Ann Duffy on Helen Keller
"It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light."Carol Ann Duffy on Aristotle Onassis
"Don't judge each day by the harvest you reap but by the seeds that you plant."Carol Ann Duffy on Robert Louis Stevenson
"Try to be like the turtle - at ease in your own shell."Carol Ann Duffy on Bill Copeland
"Find a place inside where there's joy, and the joy will burn out the pain."Carol Ann Duffy on Joseph Campbell
"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."
"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."
"I still read Donne, particularly his love poems."
"I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it."
"It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal."
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