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Interview

Sujata Bhatt is a poet of many different cultures: in this interview, she talks about her travels and how they've influenced her writing and lets us into the "private and inner world" of making poems.

Poet

Helen Mort

B. 1985

4 poems available

I'm drawn to what you might think of as traditional lyric poetry; it's an enduring, effective, powerful means of expression.

Poet

Christina Rossetti

B. 1830 D. 1894

6 poems available

Silence is more musical than any song. Christina Rossetti

Poet

Wilfred Owen

B. 1893 D. 1918

4 poems available

My subject is War and the pity of War. The Poetry is in the pity. Wilfred Owen

Poet

William Wordsworth

B. 1770 D. 1850

4 poems available

The eye, it cannot choose but see; / We cannot bid the ear be still; / Our bodies feel, where'er they be, / Against or with our will. Wordsworth, 'Expostulation and Reply'

Poet

Thomas Hardy

B. 1840 D. 1928

7 poems available

Poetry is emotion put into measure. The emotion must come by nature, but the measure can be acquired by art. Thomas Hardy

Poet

6 poems available

Not only rich music, an easy lyricism, but also grit, and earthy honesty, a willingness to be vulnerable and clean. - Gwendolyn Brooks

Poet

John Agard

B. 1949

4 poems available

His poems are direct and arresting, playful, full of startling imagery, and are hilarious, passionate and erotic as often as they are political - often managing to be all these things at once - Maura Dooley

Poet

5 poems available

Some of the most turbulent moments in life through a sharp, clear lens. Maura Dooley

Poet

Stephen Spender

B. 1909 D. 1995

2 poems available

Great poetry is always written by somebody straining to go beyond what he can do. - Stephen Spender

Poet

Robert Graves

B. 1895 D. 1985

2 poems available

Logical argument is what destroys poetry because poetry is beyond logic. - Robert Graves

Poet

Alfred Tennyson

B. 1809 D. 1892

8 poems available

Let the great world spin forever down the ringing grooves of change. - 'Locksley Hall', Alfred Tennyson

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