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I understood that my words could be used as a weapon. James Matthews

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Walt Whitman

B. 1819 D. 1892

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And my heart, O my soldiers, my veterans, my heart gives you love. - Walt Whitman 'Dirge For Two Veterans'

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Hannah More

B. 1745 D. 1833

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That self-same stuff which erst proud empires swayed, of which the conquerers of the world were made. - Hannah More 'Slavery: A Poem'

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Percy Bysshe Shelley

B. 1792 D. 1822

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Our sweetest songs are those that tell of saddest thought. Percy Bysshe Shelley, 'Ode to a Skylark'

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I take what the world throws at me, and spin, twist, skim, fly, flip, throw it back - Selima Hill

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How you became a poet's a mystery! / Where did you get your talent from? / I say: I had two uncles, Joe and Harry - / one was a stammerer, the other dumb.- 'Heredity', Tony Harrison

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Where is the spirit that touched the hearts / Lightly - chameleon colours of home? - 'Visiting Zomba Plateau', Jack Mapanje

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I want that next poem. To get it I'll shed my skin, I'll lose my name, pretend I have no history, be history's fool, become elemental, all of these, none of these. - Fred D'Aguiar

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...in a good poem the poet disappears. That's what the struggle with language is all about. The point is that in the finished poem you don't lay yourself bare. You create a strongbox of words. - Vicki Feaver

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Power - Ethel Carnie Holdsworth
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Tame - Sarah Howe
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On Ninjas - Jane Yeh
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