"Poetry and prayer are very similar."
"All bad poetry springs from genuine feeling."Carol Ann Duffy on Oscar Wilde
"A poet can survive everything but a misprint."Carol Ann Duffy on Oscar Wilde
"Poetry is not a turning loose of emotion, but an escape from emotion it is not the expression of personality, but an escape from personality. But, of course, only those who have personality and emotions know what it means to want to escape from these things."Carol Ann Duffy on T. S. Eliot
"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."Carol Ann Duffy on Robert Frost
"A poem begins as a lump in the throat, a sense of wrong, a homesickness, a lovesickness."Carol Ann Duffy on Robert Frost
"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."
"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."