Michael Longley

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Michael Longley in 2012

Michael Longley CBE (born 27 July 1939) is an Irish poet born in Belfast.


  • If I knew where poems come from . I'd go there.
    • 'The Observer ' article March 24 1991
  • What good poetry and good prose have in common is vitality of rhythm .
    • 'Poetry Ireland Review' Summer 1999
  • Poetry's only crucial attribute is rhythm. This is its heartbeat.This makes it memorable. If the rhythm falters , then the poem dies of heart failure.
    • 'Poetry Ireland Review' Summer 1999
  • By definition , if prose is a river, poetry is a fountain.
    • 'Poetry Ireland Review' Summer 1999

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