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B. 1830 D. 1886
To see the Summer Sky / Is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie? / True Poems flee?
B. 1888 D. 1965
...the communication of the dead/is tongued with fire beyond the language of the living. - from Part 1 of 'Little Gidding', T. S. Eliot
B. 1922 D. 1985
I'd like to think...that people in pubs would talk about my poems. - Larkin to his publisher
A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney
B. 1926 D. 2001
You cannot fake anything if you are trying to write serious poetry. - Elizabeth Jennings
...if poetry is a method of approaching truths, and each of us with a human soul and 'a tongue in oor heids' can make an approach toward a truth, poetry is inherently democratic. - Kathleen Jamie
B. 1908 D. 2003
Young or old / What was I but the story told / By an unageing one? (Kathleen Raine, from 'Ah, many, many are the dead...')