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‘TS Eliot said to me, “There’s only one way a poet can develop his actual writing – apart from self-criticism and continual practice. And that is by reading other poetry aloud – and it doesn’t matter whether he understands it or not (ie even if it’s in another language.) What matters above all, is educating the ear.” What matters, is to connect your own voice with an infinite range of verbal cadences and sequences – and only endless actual experience of your ear can store all that in your nervous system. The rest can be left to your life and your character.’

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