“Yes I do often write poems from the mind but I hope I don’t ignore feelings and emotions.”

Anne Stevenson Hope Quote

“I did know Ted Hughes and I partly wrote the book to explain to myself and others the complexities of a marriage that was for six years wonderfully productive of poetry and then ended in tragedy.”

Anne Stevenson Marriage Quote

“I dislike literary jargon and never use it. Criticism has only one function and that is to help readers read and understand literature. It is not a science it is an aid to art.”

Anne Stevenson Science Quote

“A poem might be defined as thinking about feelings – about human feelings and frailties.”

“Each word bears its weight so you have to read my poems quite slowly.”

“I don’t like poetry that just slaps violent words on a canvas as it were.”

“I have always made my own rules in poetry as in life – though I have tried of late to cooperate more with my family. I do however believe that without order or pattern poetry is useless.”

“I’m not really quiet or shy. Ask any of my friends! But I always ground my poetry in life itself. Poetry is an art of language though so I am always aware of every word’s meaning or multiple meanings.”

“Poets should ignore most criticism and get on with making poetry.”

Anne Stevenson Poetry Quote