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#1. The best public poems aren't necessarily those that go at the subject like a bull at a gate. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#2. I've found a different way to scent the air: already it's a by-word for despair. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#3. In a general way, I want to be a kind of flag-waver, bunting hanger-up, drum-beater, you name it, for poetry. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#4. I'm not precisely saying that a really good board meeting at the MLA (Museums, Libraries and Archives Coucil) makes me want to go and write poetry, but there is a pleasure in doing that sort of thing well. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#5. But I can't and don't ever want to write bell-yanking confetti-tossing hat-throwing poems. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#6. I'm ensuring my place in heaven. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#7. Pretty much the day I stopped being laureate, the poems that had been few and far between came back to me, like birds in the evening nesting in a tree. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#8. I deeply adored my mum. She was an extraordinary person, even for the prejudice I'm likely to have. She was beautiful, amusing, a tremendous elaborator of things into comic proportions and extravagant in her imagination. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#9. Thanks partly to the kind of poets that we now have and partly to funding, there's been a gigantic shift in the way poetry is perceived ... Poems on the Underground, poets in schools, football clubs, zoos. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#10. While also, importantly, not wanting to dumb it down or pretend the days of 'difficult' poetry are over, because we live in a pluralist culture and there's room for 'difficult' poetry alongside rap and everything else. And poetry won't be for everyone, but everyone should have the choice. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#11. Pretty much every weekend, my wife and I have the shall-we-live-in-the-country conversation. I suppose it's something to do with getting older and feeling I want to shed some of the things I've been doing for the last 20 years and go back to my roots. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#12. I write between 5.30am and 9.00. That way, I hope I carry over something from my dream time. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#13. Like a lot of people, for a long time I thought that the road to hell is paved with bad sequels. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#14. I'm an early bird, partly because I like to have some quiet time and partly because by 9am emails begin arriving, the phone starts ringing and I have dragons to kill of one sort or another. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#15. There are plenty of examples of people who have had busy lives out there in the world, trying to do good, and written very well at the same time. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#16. Each of us describes our existence by means of objects which are indifferent to us, which survive us, and which are then thrown back into the common stock from which they are soon gathered again and ascribed other roles in other circumstances. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#17. 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. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#18. Your pain brand new no matter how long it lasts which now means years ... - Author: Andrew Motion
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#19. I am a vigilant monarchist. I want to see things evolve. The direction the monarchy seems to be moving in - towards a more mainland-European model - is one I would feel sympathetic about. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#20. 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. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#21. I wanted to reimagine the role, in a way that was respectful of its traditional responsibilities but made them part of a wider pattern of poetry about national incidents, events, preoccupations; and to spend a great deal of time going to schools trying to demystify poetry. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#22. [American Psycho] is throughout numbingly boring, and for much of the time deeply and extremely disgusting. Not interesting-disgusting, but disgusting-disgusting: sickening, cheaply sensationalist, pointless except as a way of earning its author some money and notoriety. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#23. When you're being looked at very hard, it's very hard to look back. And that made me stop paying attention to the world in a way that allowed me then to write about it. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#24. I like eating out. I like buying beautiful paintings and being surrounded by beautiful things. I have to finance that life. I can barely afford a pension scheme because I don't make enough money. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#25. I read 'Treasure Island' for the first time at university. And I started to notice then how unresolved some things were. Later, I realised that Stevenson was interested in sequels, and I wondered whether he would have gone back to it had he lived longer. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#26. I shall try to write a poem that is about the moment but doesn't betray things that are true to me as a poet. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#27. You see the names of places roundabout? They're mine now, and I've turned them inside out. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#28. When Keats says: 'Axioms in philosophy are not axioms until they are proved upon our pulses', what he means is that we don't necessarily believe what a poem is saying if it comes out and tells us in an absolutely head-on, in-your-face way; we only believe it to be true if we feel it to be true. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#29. 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. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#30. I'm not much given to making shamanistic remarks about all this, but I'm a great believer in the dream life. If I can carry without spilling whatever it is that drips into my head in the night to my desk, then that's valuable. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#31. I think it is interesting to think about the absolute animal relish young people have for rhythm and rhyme. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#32. But Wordsworth is the poet I admire above all others. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#33. I get up at 5.30am, sluice myself and have two Weetabix and some mint tea, before starting to write by 6am. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#34. Jenni Fagan is the real thing, and The Panopticon is a real treat: maturely alive to the pains of maturing, and cleverly amused as well as appalled by what it finds in the world. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#35. 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. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#36. I wish I'd been better able to resist the sense of obligation to write some of the poems I did. It's in the nature of commissioned work to be written too much from the side of your mind that knows what it's doing, which dries up the poetry. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#37. Keats writes better about poems than anybody I've ever read. The things that he says about what he wants his own poems to be are the ideals that I share. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#38. 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. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#39. Honor the miraculousness of the ordinary. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#40. These places, and the ancient things you know, You won't know soon. I'm working on it now.' - Author: Andrew Motion
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#41. In a fragile environment, we need to be aware of ourselves as members of a uniquely powerful species living among other species who are quite as interesting as we are but vulnerable to us because we are cleverer in more destructive ways. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#42. Poems are a hotline to our hearts, and we forget this emotional power at our peril - Author: Andrew Motion
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#43. But in a lot of ways my poems are very conventional, and it's no big deal for me to write a poem in either free verse or strict form; modern poets can, and do, do both. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#44. I don't want my poems to be sentimental, though I do acknowledge that sentiment is probably rather under-reported in a lot of people's feelings a lot of the time. - Author: Andrew Motion
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#45. I am writing more than I have ever done. My life has come back to me in the most extraordinary way. - Author: Andrew Motion
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