Simon Armitage | Poet Laureate



I became interested in poetry at school I was very sleepy student until we started reading Ted Hughes and I just I just woke up these little packages of information presented as black shapes against a white background and they felt like a southern the electrifying jolt and I think I knew at that point that our tree was going to be my thing I had a quick look through their history books and did a little bit of mental arithmetic and I noted that I would be the 21st poet laureate which feels like a good number but there are some big names on that on that list I guess the the key is just to keep just to keep looking forward and to build on the work that well particularly the work that Andrea motion and Carol Ann Duffy have done over the last two decades poetry is important because it is considered thought and it's considered language and I think there have been moments in the recent past where people have speculated that you know poetry might've run its course might have had its day you know we've heard about the death of literature and so on and so forth and I think there have been times when it's been seen as an antiquated form my feeling is that it's more valuable and relevant and necessary than ever you know in this world that we live in of you know twenty four-hour-a-day 360 degrees light noise color information I think I think poetry is a really valuable substance a really valuable opportunity I'm very aware that we live in a society that's changed hugely since the Britain which first conceived the the laureate ship and I'm determined to address those those issues and try and be part – the conversation dialogue wherever the opportunity arises – to be as inclusive as possible and to try and encourage you know the great rich chorus of voices in his society to take part in the in the sort of poetry choir that we have here you

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  1. Like 99%of the population I don't read poetry but I read some of his just to see what a we might expect from a Poet Laureate these days. I found half-baked prose masquerading as poetry, actually exactly what I expected to find. Poetry, last bastian of writers with no obvious talent.

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