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That first phrase or line is like a magnet drawing other words to it and they begin to gather, sometimes quickly, sometimes over years, but again have to be scribbled down before I forget them.
‘I can usually hold the first few words or line for an hour or two, but that’s all. Although I can practice writing I have to be ready and prepared.’

Jane Draycott joins host Julia Copus to discuss two favourite classic poems, ‘God’s Grandeur’ and ‘Felix Randal’, both by Gerard Manley Hopkins, in our ongoing 'Poetry Break' series.