British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy Says Texting is Modern Poetry

Posted on September 19, 2011

British Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy says texting is a modern form of poetry. Duffy told The Guardian in an interview, that "The poem is a form of texting... it's the original text."

She also said, "It's a perfecting of a feeling for language, it's a way of saying more with less, just as texting is."

She also talked about how she started writing poetry. She says, "I'd write them out by hand, and it was that very physical act that led me to become a writer. It was quite an intimate experience of poetry, and that's what I'd like us to go back to now with children."

Duffy has also launched a competition for British secondary school students to write anthologies. The competition will be open to entries until March 1, 2012.

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