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A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings - about human feelings and frailties.
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After the Fall was written mainly as a joke. It wasn't a personal love poem at all, I was just feeling fed up with housekeeping and children.
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Blake has always been a favorite, the lyrics, not so much the prophetic books, but I suppose Yeats influenced me more as a young poet, and the American, Robert Frost.
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Each word bears its weight, so you have to read my poems quite slowly.
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I am now seventy, rather glad, really, that I won't live to see the horrors to come in the 21st century.
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I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.
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I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science, it is an aid to art.
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I do make poetry after inhabiting an idea for a while. Poets have always been Makars, in the Scottish language, poietes in Greek.
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I don't like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas, as it were.
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I don't really approve of 'confessional' poetry, but I have no objections to telling you a little about myself in prose.
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I have always made my own rules, in poetry as in life - though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do, however, believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.
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I have three children, a daughter Caroline by my first husband, and two sons by Mark Elvin. All now are over 35, grown up with children of their own.
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I like rhyme because it is memorable, I like form because having to work to a pattern gives me original ideas.
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I married a young Englishman in Cambridge in 1955 and have lived in Britain every since.
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I often make up a stanza form and then follow it in subsequent stanzas. But I can write perfect Shakespearian sonnets, too.
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I play with language a great deal in my poems, and I enjoy that. I try to condense language, that is, I try to express complicated but I hope real emotions as simply as possible. But that doesn't mean the poems are simple, just that they are as truthful as I can make them.
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I remain loyal to Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Schubert in music and to Shakespeare and Jane Austen in literature.
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I suspect I have a classical, rather than a romantic temperament. I greatly respect order and form in art - in all the arts.
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I think a poet, like a painter, should be a craftsperson.
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I work very hard on all my poems, but most of the work consists of trying not to sound as if I had worked. I try to make them sound as natural as possible, but within a quite strict form, which to my ears has a lot to do with musical rhythm and sound.
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I write, or used to write, to explain to myself situations I couldn't otherwise solve or understand. Meditation comes very naturally to me.
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I'm not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language, though, so I am always aware of every word's meaning, or multiple meanings.
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My earlier poems were sadder than my poems are today, perhaps because I wrote them in confusion or when I was unhappy. But I am not a melancholy person, quite the contrary, no one enjoys laughing more than I do.
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My marriage and divorce rate is pretty high, but my second husband - still a friend - was the Sinologist Mark Elvin whom I met at Harvard at the end of the nineteen-seventies.
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No, no, never a submissive anything! I'm a fully qualified, radical Desperado.
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Peter Lucas and I live in Durham but spend a great of time in North Wales, where we have a cottage in the mountains, and in Vermont, USA, with my sister - who is a children's writer married to a poet.
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Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.
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So you see, my milieu has been literary and intellectual most of my life, though I never wanted to be an academic myself.
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Sylvia Plath was just a month and a half older than I, and when she committed suicide I was only 30 - and very shocked and sorry. I never knew her personally.
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There is far too much literary criticism of the wrong kind. That is why I never could have survived as an academic.
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When everything is for 'fun' nothing is for the good.
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Yes, I do often write poems from the mind, but I hope I don't ignore feelings and emotions.
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