A tale I heard
Poet Carol Ann Duffy on the role of a poem:
"Poetry is the music of being human. When people get married, or have a bereavement, or when a baby is born, they turn to poetry in those intense moments of being human. My own poetry is a way of celebrating and explaining the world to myself through language. You can never tell where a poem might come from, but one doesn't have to look for it. All poets, even if they are writing an elegy, are in a sense celebrating. A poem adds something to the world; it doesn't take anything away."