Poets go through a very tough apprenticeship in the use of words.
More Quotes from Helen Dunmore:The poets whom I knew then were all men and all seemed dauntingly sure of themselves - although I am sure that really they were as uncertain as I was.
I concentrate on the lives of individuals whom the reader comes to know and feel with intimately.
Children will not pretend to be enjoying books, and they will not read books because they have been told that these books are good. They are looking for delight.
You have to search for the voice of each character the things that he or she could or could not have said, the distinctive rhythm of the voice.
I enjoy research; in fact research is so engaging that it would be easy to go on for years, and never write the novel at all.
I'm a poet and I've read a lot of Russian poetry and can hear It's sounds. Russian poetry is so important to an understanding of the culture.
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