Frank E Gibbard
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Why write poetry, Poet?
It is enjoyable to do and fixes some ideas and passions of the moment that can be returned to in future as a sort of reservoir of thought, ideology and emotions.
Like every writer I am sure one seeks the approval of others too and any praise is good for the ego.
How did you get started writing poetry?
As a task at grammar school that turned from a chore to a pleasure and my first publication in the yearly mag. only encouraged my scribbling, as did the English teacher editor.
Who were your influences?
Well I don't know about the influence of the greats I have admired, but their inspiration has encouraged my modest efforts.
The usual suspects list: Shakespeare, Blake, Donne, Yeats, Wilde, for a kick-off and personal faves Dylan, Spike Milligan and lastly but not least Spike Milligan (great serious stuff for one so comic).
Examples of Poetry
Who are the Scots?
Thomas Drummond (1797 - 1840) Surveyor and Politician. Invented the 'Drummond Light', somewhat similar to the heliograph, which enabled observation of far-distant points (more than 60 miles). This he adapted for use in Lighthouses. Served as Secretary of State for Ireland, during which time he made clear to the absentee landlords that 'property has its duties as well as its rights'. Also pioneered railway development in Ireland.