Norman MacCaig Quotes

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Born: December 14, 1910, Edinburgh, United Kingdom, Scotland
Birth Country: Scotland, UK
Died: Edinburgh, Scotland, January 23, 1996
Occupation: Author

All those authors there, most of whom of course I've never met. That's the poetry side, that's the prose side, that's the fishing and miscellaneous behind me. You get an affection for books that you've enjoyed.
- Norman MacCaig

And if they haven't got poetry in them, there's nothing you can do that will produce it.
- Norman MacCaig

And the second question, can poetry be taught? I didn't think so.
- Norman MacCaig

However, I learned something. I thought that if the young person, the student, has poetry in him or her, to offer them help is like offering a propeller to a bird.
- Norman MacCaig

I never think about poetry except when I'm writing it. I mean my poetry.
- Norman MacCaig

I was very interested in American poetry for many years. Much less now.
- Norman MacCaig

I'm very gregarious, but I love being in the hills on my own.
- Norman MacCaig

In fact a lot of them I think are absolute baloney. Those Charles Olsens and people like that. At first I was interested in seeing what they were up to, what they were doing, why they were doing it. They never moved me in the way that one is moved by true poetry.
- Norman MacCaig

When I was a teacher, teachers would come into my classroom and admire my desk on which lay nothing whatever, whereas theirs were heaped with papers and books.
- Norman MacCaig

When I was asked to be Writer in Residence at Edinburgh I thought, you can't teach poetry. This is ridiculous.
- Norman MacCaig

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