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 sudden electrifying jolt
and I think I knew at that point that poetry 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 Andrew 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. 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 art 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
twenty four-hour-a-day 360 degrees, light, noise, colour, 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 laureateship and I’m determined to address those those issues and try and
be part of the conversation dialogue wherever the
opportunity arises – to be as inclusive as possible and to try and encourage the great rich chorus of voices in his society to take part in the in the
sort of poetry choir that we have here.

3 Replies to “Simon Armitage | Poet Laureate

  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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