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6 poems available

Poetry, above all, is a series of intense moments - its power is not in narrative. I'm not dealing with facts, I'm dealing with emotion. Carol Ann Duffy

Poet

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I am a poet who is a woman, not a woman poet. - Ruth Fainlight

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Sylvia Plath

B. 1932 D. 1963

The blood jet is poetry,/ There is no stopping it. - 'Kindness', Sylvia Plath (written 1st February 1963)

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Ruth Pitter

B. 1897 D. 1992

1 poem available

I have tried to be faithful to delight... - Ruth Pitter

Poet

5 poems available

I would say that the poem exists in a space somewhere between the reader and the author, and in a sense belongs to neither, and both. - Don Paterson

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W. H. Auden

B. 1907 D. 1973

3 poems available

Art is our chief means of breaking bread with the dead. - W. H. Auden

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Edwin Morgan

B. 1920 D. 2010

4 poems available

the most dynamic, brilliant, free-wheeling poet around, endlessly accessible and inventive - The Scotsman

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William Butler Yeats

B. 1865 D. 1939

8 poems available

For everything that's lovely is / But a brief, dreamy, kind delight. 'Never Give All the Heart', W. B. Yeats

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13 poems available

A keeper of the artistic estate, a custodian of griefs and wonders - Seamus Heaney

Poet

4 poems available

If there is a unifying principle in his later work, it is expressed in a combination of plainness of utterance with a strong sense of poetry as a public and political art. - Sean O'Brien

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Seamus Heaney

B. 1939 D. 2013

4 poems available

And here is love / like a tinsmith's scoop / sunk past its gleam / in the meal-bin - 'Mossbawn Sunlight', Seamus Heaney

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Jenny Joseph

B. 1932 D. 2018

4 poems available

Why are we frightened of the word for love? - 'Language teaching: naming', Jenny Joseph

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