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Patrick Scott Hogg

E-mail Address: ps.hogg@blueyonder.co.uk
Please include the word 'POETRY' in the subject line of any email you send.

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.

  1. A Message To T***** H******:
  2. A Poet's Destiny Obscure
  3. All Hallow's E'en at Pennyliggot
  4. At Glesca Cross
  5. Doe, Ray, Fa'
  6. Epistle Tae Rock
  7. Fragmented Images of the White Loch,
    Castle Kennedy:

  8. In Memory of The Author's Father
  9. Lament for A Scuba Diver
  10. Many A Postcard Scene: Galloway
  11. Ode: On Gullane Beach
  12. Oh! Nature. Forgive Us!
  13. On Royalty:
  14. Nae Dosh, Nae Shoes
    The Poor Man's Blues:

  15. Portlogan Bay
  16. Sonnet: Against Magpies
  17. The Granfather Clock
  18. The Twa Margaret's
  19. The Witches' Glen
  20. To A Snowdrop
  21. Tony o' Blair
  22. William Purvis:
    The Ardwell Caveman
  1. A Promise O'er a Stream
  2. A Song of Dolphins
  3. Bonnie Galloway:
    A Boy's Song Revisited

  4. Laken's Song
  5. Lullaby of Drummossie Moor
  6. Meet Me By the Sheiling Lass
  7. My Dearie O
  8. Rise! Caledonia
  9. The Ballad of Jamie Russell
  10. The Banks of The Spey
  11. The Dreams of Caledonia
  12. The Gannet's Last Song
  13. The Ghosts of Culloden
  14. The Girl o' The Gypsy Charms
  15. The Keeper of the Flame
  16. The Pride of the Clyde
  17. The Wings of Glory
  18. When The Red Leaves are Falling

Who are the Scots?

Sir Hugh Dalrymple (Lord Drummore) (1700 - 1753) Invented hollow-pipe drainage. This innovation allowed the drying of water-logged land and bringing large areas into agricultural production.

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