Why write poetry, Poet?
I write poetry principally because I find it highly enjoyable, and also because I see it as an opportunity to express my thoughts, feelings and opinions in a way that can be enjoyed and appreciated by others. The writing of poetry to me can be very beneficial, helping me come to terms with difficult times in my life by allowing me to lay bare my feelings, sharing them with others. You know what they say, 'A problem shared...'
How did you get started writing poetry?
My interest in poetry was first aroused during my years at high school.
I composed a selection of poems to submit as one element of my CSYS English coursework, the poem "The Moon" being one of them. Not only did I win the school poetry prize for two years running, but "The Moon" was also published in an international poetry anthology while I was still at school.
When my CSYS English teacher (who shall be known as Mr. W) read "The Moon" out to the class, one line in particular caught his attention. This line described the moon as "Earth's stony satellite". Mr W's reaction (and I quote): "Begger me...so it is!" The class was in raptures, all thanks to one poem and an English teacher with a sense of humour to be marvelled at! This is another reason why I love poetry so much - it has the power to bring a smile to my face!
Who were your influences?
In English class, I was a very keen pupil who thoroughly enjoyed studying the works of a number of poets including Ted Hughes ("The Jaguar"), Edwin Muir ("The Horses"), Robert Burns ("To a Mouse") and William Shakespeare ("Sonnet 18"). Inspired, I decided to pen some poetic works of my own!
Favourite Poetic Verses
From "Sonnet 18" by William Shakespeare:
"Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
From "Jabberwocky" by Lewis Carroll:
Thou art more lovely and more temperate:
Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,
And summer's lease hath all too short a date:"
"'Twas brillig and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wabel
All mimsy were the borogroves,
And the mome raths outgrabe."
"Beware the Jabberwock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious bandersnatch."
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
(1834 - 1914)
Born in Dunbar, he was a Naturalist and Conservationist who emigrated to America where in 1876, he founded the U.S. National Parks at Yosemite, Sequoia and established other forest conservation systems. In 1908, the US Government established the Muir Woods National Monument of redwood trees in California in his honour.