I was in my mid-teens when someone gave me a copy of ‘Pears Encyclopaedia of Myth and Legends’ as a birthday present. It sat on my shelves for many months before I looked at it. When I did, I couldn’t stop reading it.
If you laughed earlier in the poem, and I bring you close to tears in the end, that’s the best.
In some ways, the ’60s were a reaction to the ’50s and the intensity of the Cold War.
The Antichrist is often identified with the second beast in the Book of Revelation that arises from the land, the beast that tries to make everyone worship the power of evil.
We talking about revolution because that’s the era that you’re caught in.
The genealogy of fictional characters can become an obsession, like train-spotting, and should be firmly resisted.
If you can’t be a populist in Arkansas, you ain’t going to be a populist in Washington.
The weakness in traditional Scottish nationalism lay in its own inability to grasp that identity could not be the only factor in the march to independence.
I do a lot of research on the placebo effect, not just in depression but in irritable bowel syndrome, pain, arthritis of the knee, migraine, asthma.
I don’t think you can define how you acquire your imagination any more than you can define why one person has a sense of humor and another doesn’t. But I certainly would lean to the side that says all those solitary hours of daydreaming were a kind of training for poetry.