Quotes by Peter Davison (Actor/British).

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The trouble with the performance poets is that they don't seem to have read anything. So there is not a real sense of the poetic tradition in their work.
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I think poetry has lost an awful lot of its muscle because nobody knows any. Nobody has to memorize poetry.
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My friends never talk to me about my poetry because they're embarrassed that I write it or they're embarrassed by what I write about which are not such extraordinarily terrifying things, but they are the state of human existence.
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It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose.
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But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me.
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The relation between a poet and audience is really insignificant. What matters is the poet is hearing something that he is broadcasting. And whether there is anybody with a receiver isn't the reason he does it. He hopes there is somebody receiving it.
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Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding.
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But there is some way in which poets believe that and this is dangerous, too believe that their calling gives them a certain freedom. A certain freedom to live in a free way.
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They need to learn poetry. They don't need to learn about poetry. They don't need to be told how to interpret poetry. They don't need to be told how to understand poetry. They need to learn it.
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I would like to be proud of having written some poems that will be remembered, but I will never know whether I will have any reason to be proud of that.
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In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired and pushed forward by what I read.
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Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers.
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I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant.
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And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet.
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Dealing with poetry is a daunting task, simply because the reason one does it as an editor at all is because one is constantly coming to terms with one's own understanding of how to understand the world.
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Frost is the most sophisticated of poets.
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The reason one writes poems is so that your poem will be remembered.
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For instance, it's a little better now than it was two or three years ago, but something like 70% of the poems I receive seem to be written in the present indicative.
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I like poems that are little games.
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Every so often I find some poems that are too good for the readers of The Atlantic because they are a little too involved with the nature of poetry, as such.
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I like poems that are complex.
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If poets were realistic, they wouldn't be poets.
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But for me, being an editor I've been an editor of all kinds of books being an editor of poetry has been the way in which I could give a crucial part of my time to what I love most.
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It is very difficult for people to come in contact with their own emotions and their own sensibilities.
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If I were brave enough to say so, I'd like to think that I had written some poems that people are not going to forget.
• Peter Davison

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