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Why write poetry, Poet?
Mixed reasons. Sometimes (Mainly?) to promote controversy with humour.
Sometimes to cleanse the soul's palate.
Sometimes as an aide-mémoire, for myself.
Sometimes, a distinct opinion, whether I have thought it through or not!
How did you get started writing poetry?
"I remember, I remember, the house where I was born.....
The little window where the sun........"
Answers on a postcard to me please, telling who wrote it and why?
Primary 7. St. Kessogs Primary - something about igneous rock/metamorphic/lava.
It didn't rhyme, so the teacher was impressed.
Being wary, I took a very long break...........
.......When I started again, it was due to a lack of offensive/humorous verses for Retirement/Wedding/Leaving cards for colleagues.
This has led to requests from all sorts, to construct an instant Benny-Hillism, and when possible, I oblige.
Who were your influences?
Again, my first strong recognition of the power of the written word, has to be the war poems of Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen.
There was just something about "the cadaver eyes" at the back of the wagon, and the whole horror of the time.
Yet, that side very seldom (if ever) surfaces in my own work. Mind you, there's time yet?
What is your favourite poetic verse?
Don't know. Some of my favourite poems have been ruined or improved by the addition of music.
Whereas my favourite musical poem, must be the instrumental, "Ice" by Camel.
Andy Lattimer's guitar says "I feel what you hear....emotion, passion, contentment."
Anyway, if we could all write and appreciate poetry, we might be too busy reading the others to write our own?
And if that happened, we'd have nothing to read! So keep writing.
Examples of poetry.
Who are the Scots?
Three of the 12 signatories to the American Declaration of Independence were graduates from the University of St Andrews, including James Wilson from Fife and John Witherspoon from East Lothian.