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H Marshall

Why write poetry, Poet?

Essentially, I write poetry for enjoyment, to create something unique and to express in word form, the feelings and observations of life in general, and my experiences in particular.

How did you get started writing poetry?

We had some very enthusiastic school teachers in Scotland who introduced me to poetry at primary class level. This was enough to give me a liking for the verse without too much comprehension - but the seeds of interest were sown at that time. We were encouraged to try our hand at some poetry writing and to read it to the class members. Nothing much came of it, but I often found myself forming poems in my head without ever writing them down.

Who were your influences?

Study of the English language and literature at Scottish Higher level, further developed my interest in poetry. At this stage in my studies, I was heavily influenced by Burns, Scott, McGonagall, Byron, Keats, Arnold, Elliot, Gray, Coleridge and Shakespeare, among others.

What is your favourite poetic verse?

There are two verses by Robert Burns, which I have liked since my school days. They were both written in the 1700's, but the power of the statements will surely be applicable to human societies for all time.

from a poem: "To a Mouse"
I'm truly sorry man's dominion
Has broken nature's social union,
An' justifies that ill opinion,
Which mak's thee startle
At me, thy poor earth-born companion
An' fellow mortal!

from a song: "Is There, For Honest Poverty"
Then let us pray that come it may---
As come it will for a' that---
That sense and worth, o'er a' the earth,
May bear the gree, and a' that;
For a' that, and a' that,
It's comin' yet for a' that,
That man to man, the world o'er,
Shall brothers be for a' that!

Examples of poetry.

  1. A Bond Renewed
  2. A Child of Scotland
  3. After the Tattoo
  4. A Modern Scottish Family
  5. A River Unfolds
  6. A Scotsman's Luck
  7. A Soldier's View
  8. A Soldier's War in Iraq
  9. A Word About The SAS
  10. Burns for Scotland
  11. Comments on War
  12. Dead Sleep
  13. Do Not Go Gentile Into That Bad Fight
  14. Fatherly Advice
  15. Fleshmarket Close
  16. Five W's & an H
  17. Forever, I Will Search The Ocean
  18. Forgotten Dates
  19. Friendship Among Soldiers
  20. Highland Wilderness
  21. Injustice to a Queen
  22. Ma Plooks!
  23. Not Killed In Action
  24. Now is the Harvest of Our Hatred
  25. On the Christening of a Bairn
  1. Oor Trains
  2. Our Soldiers in Iraq
  3. Proud To Wear The Red Hackle
  4. Private Johnson Beharry VC
  5. Regiments Forever!
  6. Scotland
  7. Scotland, My Home
  8. Somethin's Rotten in the State o' Fife
  9. Stand Not Against My Calling
  10. The Boys In Basrah
  11. The Defenceless One
  12. The Madrid Massacre
  13. The Private's Appeal
  14. The Proud Argyll
  15. The Roar of War
  16. Third Age Group
  17. The Warrior Species
  18. This Love
  19. Thoughts of a Young Soldier
  20. Tolerance Be My Guide
  21. Whisht! Dinnae Tell Them Aw Oor Secrets!
  22. Why Are Poppies Red?
  23. Will I Ever Find Me?
  24. Window on the World
  25. You!

Who are the Scots?

Scotland's contribution to society included, James Watt (steam power), William Murdoch (gaslight), James Clerk Maxwell (physics), John Napier (logarithms), Alexander Graham Bell (the telephone), John Boyd Dunlop (pneumatic tyre), John Logie Baird (television), Alexander Fleming (penicillin), Sir James Young Simpson (chloroform), Adam Smith (economics), John Rennie and Thomas Telford (transport constructions), John Loudon Macadam (road construction).

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