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Carol Ann Duffy: Some poetry should be difficult

12th May 2010

Poetry should be a 'broad church' when it comes to accessibility, according to Carol Ann Duffy.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, Duffy said that she does not entirely subscribe to the trend of making poetry easy to read and believes it should be esoteric at times, despite her post of Poet Laureate requiring her to increase interest in the form.

She explained: 'I think poetry should be difficult. Probably the poetry I find most interesting is difficult. But I also think there's a place for accessibility.'

Duffy added that Ted Hughes and Sir John Betjeman are notable examples of poets who successfully managed to combine accessibility with accomplishment.

However, the writer did not reserve much praise for herself, saying she is 'pretty sure' that she is not the UK's best poet - just the one chosen to represent all the nation's poets.

Last month, Duffy turned her attention to the volcanic ash cloud which grounded flights in and out of the UK and wrote a poem called 'Silver Lining' for BBC Radio 4's Today programme.

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