Why is poetry important to you?

Poetry is more important to me probably than it is to a lot of people. It's not important, say in the way bread or love is important - I once heard someone reporting that Heaney had said it was an anthropological necessity and to me that sounds like it's going too far but I think it's certainly a consequence, it's a kind of human consequence, and I think we are a species that looks for pattern, and looks for significance, and looks for meaning in a life, probably where there isn't that much meaning or significance, you know, unless you're devoutly religious. So I think it's a way of not finding significance but actually inventing it, inventing significance and sort of proving it to yourself, and I think it's a way of manifesting ourselves to ourselves, so it's important on that level.

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