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Why write poetry?
I don’t really know. I only started in 2001 when I purchased a computer.
The easy passage of words from creation to oblivion gave me a sense of instant creativity.
Poetry allows me the pleasure of extremes.
Who were your influences?
I cannot say with any truth that I have been influenced by poets either alive or dead.
I struggle with Burns and agonize over MacDiarmid.
I’ve recently began a trial attempt at writing both in the Doric and Broad Scots.
Alas, tribulations are abounding and I fear that my demise will occur sooner than my mastery of our confounded dialects.
What is your favourite poetic verse?
”Now if thou would’st, when all have given him over,
by Michael Drayton..
From death to life thou might’st him yet recover”
Lovely language. Wonderful 16-17th Century English....
Other favourites include:-
"Ticonderoga" by R L Stevenson
"The Highwayman" by Alfred Noyes.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
William Spiers Bruce (1867 - 1921) Oceanographer and Polar Explorer. Studied medicine at Edinburgh University, and immediately thereafter became one of the first of his era to explore the Antarctic (1892). Leader of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition which discovered Coats Land (1902-04). Founded the Scottish Oceanographical Laboratory in Edinburgh (1907). Advised Scott (1912) that his supply dumps were too far apart to succeed!