Patrick Scott Hogg
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Why write poetry, Poet?
Poetry is the language of the rebellious heart, the language of the frustrated idealist and the only fountain spring for expression for those who refuse to suppress their humanity and compassion in a world that both breaks and negates the human spirit. Poetry is also the bridge between imagination and reason, the platform from which a better world is visualised. In short, it is a means to cope in a mad modern world and helps keep the flame of the human soul flickering. In poetry I attempt to express the inner most feelings we rarely express in daily discourse.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I began writing poetry at school in 1976 having been influenced by many great writers - even before my teenage years.
Who were your influences?
I was an avid reader of Burns, Shelley, Coleridge, Byron and other great poets at an early age. I am a passionate Burnsian, with a heavy bias towards poetry in the vernacular Scots and a devotion to my home area of Galloway, in South West Scotland.
I am the co-editor of the recent complete works of Scotland's national bard, Robert Burns: The Canongate Burns (2001) and in 1997 published Robert Burns: "The Lost Poems". Many of the current works here are now with an Edinburgh publisher and may appear in a new volume of poetry in 2004.
I was a Leverhulme Researcher in Scottish Studies at Strathclyde University and was
responsible for unearthing 16 new radical poems by Burns from newspapers of
the 1790's - all now accepted to the canon of Burns by eminent authorities such as Prof Carol McGuirk and Prof David Daiches.
Examples of poetry and song.
Who are the Scots?
Three of the 12 signatories to the American Declaration of Independence were graduates from the University of St Andrews, including James Wilson from Fife and John Witherspoon from East Lothian.