Quotes by Carol Ann Duffy
- 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.
- 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 have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.
- I still read Donne, particularly his love poems.
- 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 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.
- It's always good when women win things in fiction because it tends to be more male-dominated, unlike poetry, which is more equal.
- Poetry and prayer are very similar.
- 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.
- 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.