Sonja Nic Rafferty
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Why write poetry, Poet?
I write poetry because I enjoy writing and for expressing the freedom of thought because there has been a lot of pressure in my life. I was an adopted child.
How did you get started writing poetry?
I enjoyed poetry at school and liked compositions. As a student I didn't write poems but essays, most of it got lost. More than a writer I was a painter. I have been writing poems and short stories since 1989. In 1998 I translated many of my texts into English. Nowadays most of my poems and short stories are bilingual.
Who were your influences?
My greatest influences were Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and Hermann Hesse. Having Scottish and Irish ancestors, more and more of my poetry is focused on Scotland and Ireland. I read works of Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott and much more besides. I am also influenced by nature. The sea and Scottish landscape are my favourite topics.
I have had poems and short stories published by some German companies.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
From the 14th century, the Scots language, which was derived from English, became more prevalent in the country. It is a language having its own unique grammatical style and vocabulary and was spoken across Scotland, even by royalty. This language predominated until the Union of the Crowns in the 17th century. The works of Robert Burns, Scotland's most famous poet, contain many examples of the old Scots language.