Carol Ann Duffy Quotes

Dame Carol Ann Duffy DBE FRSL (born 23 December 1955) is a Scottish poet and playwright. She is Professor of Contemporary Poetry at Manchester Metropolitan University, and was appointed Britain's Poet Laureate in May 2009. She is the first woman, the first Scot, and the first openly LGBT person to hold the position.

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Carol Ann Duffy


The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text. It's a perfecting of a feeling in language - it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is.

Carol Ann Duffy


I have piles of poetry books in the bathroom, on the stairs, everywhere. The only way to write poetry is to read it.

Carol Ann Duffy


I write in that space between Ella's childhood and mine. I know it all sounds a bit sinister.

Carol Ann Duffy


Better off dead than giving in; not taking what you want.

Carol Ann Duffy


When you have a child, your previous life seems like someone else's. It's like living in a house and suddenly finding a room you didn't know was there, full of treasure and light.

Carol Ann Duffy


Auden said poetry makes nothing happen. But I wonder if the opposite could be true. It could make something happen.

Carol Ann Duffy


I write quite a lot of sonnets, and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite.

Carol Ann Duffy


Edinburgh is my favourite city. We'll be doing a lot of children's theatre and galleries.

Carol Ann Duffy


Like the sand and the oyster, it's a creative irritant. In each poem, I'm trying to reveal a truth, so it can't have a fictional beginning.

Carol Ann Duffy


Every day is a gift with a child, no matter what problems you have.

Carol Ann Duffy


For me, poetry is the music of being human. And also a time machine by which we can travel to who we are and to who we will become.

Carol Ann Duffy


I think poetry can help children deal with the other subjects on the curriculum by enabling them to see a subject in a new way.

Carol Ann Duffy


I always wanted a child. Being a mother is the central thing in my life.

Carol Ann Duffy


Having a child takes you back to all those parts of your own childhood that you had hidden away.

Carol Ann Duffy


Poets deal in writing about feelings and trying to find the language and images for intense feelings.

Carol Ann Duffy