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Why write poetry, Poet?
Mainly for the amusement of friends or when some event suggests a verse or two
I am known to get carried away with the exuberance of my own verbosity and poetry helps to curb that –
ask any of my long suffering friends!
I enjoy the discipline
Of verses that rhyme,
- Although -
I ‘m not totally averse
Per se to blank verse
How did you get started writing poetry?
I was asked to help out the president of a local Bowling Club with his introductory remarks anent the speakers at their Burns Supper.
I thought it might make it easier for him if it were in verse, and cobbled together some verse that included the speakers’ “credentials”.
Now this will make you wince.
I’ve been rhyming ever since.
Who were your influences?
Burns, Kipling, Robert Service, Robert Fergusson.
What is your favourite poetic verse?
Whatever suits my mood at a particular point in time.
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!