Andrew Motion

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Sir Andrew Motion in 2009

Sir Andrew Motion, FRSL (born 26 October 1952) is an English poet, novelist and biographer. He was Poet Laureate of the United Kingdom from 1999 to 2009.


  • Poets know their own poems in a way and to a depth that is unique.. even if they mumble a bit ..their delivery will still have important things to tell us.
    • 'TLS' November 25 2005

Poetry Quotes

  • In the swirl of its pool
    the home-coming salmon
    has no intuition
    of anything changed.
    • "You Helped Give a Shape", An elegy on the death of HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother
  • By day the appalling loose beauty
    of prowling floes:
    lions’ heads, dragons, crucifix-wrecks,
    and a thing like a blown rose.
    • Poem "Ice"
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