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Andrew Motion Quotes & Sayings
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Last updated Jul 2021
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In the swirl of its pool the home-coming salmon has no intuition of anything changed.
In a general way, I want to be a kind of flag-waver, bunting hanger-up, drum-beater, you name it, for poetry.
The readings are at once instant in their appeal, and lingering in their impact.
Poetry is at the centre of my life, too, emotionally speaking, and intellectually speaking - it's just that I'm one of those people who enjoy doing other stuff as well.
Like a lot of people, for a long time I thought that the road to hell is paved with bad sequels.
If people connect me with the Romantics in general, they probably connect me most with Keats. But Wordsworth is the poet I admire above all others.
If I were to die thinking that I'd written three poems that people might read after me, I would feel that I hadn't lived in vain. Great poets might expect the whole body of their work, but most of us - well, I would settle for a handful.
I'm also a great believer in the dream life; that while we're asleep, a deep subconscious connection is made about our profoundest fears, hopes, loves, losses, dreads and desires.
I want to write poems which are very emotional, but I would have some hesitation in saying I want to write poems which are sentimental.
I am writing more than I have ever done. My life has come back to me in the most extraordinary way.
You see the names of places roundabout? They're mine now, and I've turned them inside out.
These places, and the ancient things you know, You won't know soon. I'm working on it now.
I've found a different way to scent the air: already it's a by-word for despair.
Each sudden gust of light explains itself as flames, but neither they, nor even bombs redoubled on the hills tonight can quite include me in their fear.
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