Peter Davison Quotes

37 Peter Davison quotes:

"In order to understand what they need to understand, in order to write what they write, they have to be free. And yet, they aren't ever free. They are not free because they are not free of the constrictions their art puts on them."
"In my youth, I found that I was quite often inspired and pushed forward by what I read."
"And one of the odd things about it is that poetry is now fleeing from the academies to another institution, which is the performance poetry."
"Poetry should be able to reach everybody, and it should be able to appeal to all levels of understanding."
"And I watch my friends, most of whom are in academic life because most poets have to be in academic life, there aren't so many other ways to survive."
"It is a way we reassess our past. We can do that in poetry in ways we can't do in prose."
"But poetry is my life. Poetry is what matters to me."
"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."
"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."
"Poetry was invented as an mnemonic device to enable people to remember their prayers."
"Poetry is composing for the breath."
"If they want to know anything about poetry, they simply have to go out and learn it."
Author: Davison Quotes Category: Poetry Quotes
"I like poems that are little games."
"People are talking about the Internet as though it is going to change the world. It's not going to change the world. It's not going to change the way we think, and it's not going to change the way we feel."
"I just think that some version of the past in our culture is going to rise up and become dominant."
"And there are a lot more people reading poetry, but there are not so many people reading an individual poet."
"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."
"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."
Author: Davison Quotes Category: British Actor Quotes Poems Quotes
"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."
"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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