"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."
"A successful marriage requires falling in love many times, always with the same person."Carol Ann Duffy on Mignon McLaughlin
"By all means, marry. If you get a good wife, you'll become happy if you get a bad one, you'll become a philosopher."Carol Ann Duffy on Socrates
"It is not a lack of love, but a lack of friendship that makes unhappy marriages."Carol Ann Duffy on Friedrich Nietzsche
"How can a woman be expected to be happy with a man who insists on treating her as if she were a perfectly normal human being."Carol Ann Duffy on Oscar Wilde
"Don't marry the person you think you can live with marry only the individual you think you can't live without."Carol Ann Duffy on James C. Dobson
"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."
"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 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."