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Poetry Writing

Leather Notebook

Poem Extract
A man of import to the town of Lanark A man of culture and wisdom and wealth A joiner and builder, he went off to London Then to Australia, to improve his health.

This man, Charles Lindsay, returned then to Lanark And down hill from the town he purchased some land... etc.

Writing Poetry

As a small group, we play with words, write poetry on specific issues - sometimes on things which are in the news, challenge ourselves with different poetry forms: haikus, cinquains, sonnets and others. We share techniques and experiences for the wide range of different styles.

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Two roads diverged in a wood, and I - I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.

-Robert Frost

Shared Emotions

There are poems that have, literally, changed our lives, because they have changed the way we look and listen to the world; there are poems that, on repeated reading, have gradually revealed to us areas of our own experience.


The year's at the spring

and day's at the morn

Morning's at seven

the hillside's dew pearled

The lark's on the wing

the snail's on the thorn

God's in his heaven

All's right with the world

Poetry as your own expression

It is a profound insight that enables a poet to idealize reality and to see things or situations from a particular, and possibly different, angle. They have the ability to express their feelings in such a way as to delight or challenge the readers.


Group Leader's comments

"Most of us have a natural and instinctive ability to write poems, but often this innate skill requires practice. Sharing with others will give you a lot of confidence whether you are an absolute beginner or if you have already written many poems. Please join us to share. You will be very welcome."


All in green went my love riding

on a great horse of gold

into the silver dawn.


four lean hounds crouched low and smiling

the merry deer ran before.


Fleeter be they than dappled dreams

the swift sweet deer

the red rare deer.


Four red roebuck at a white water

the cruel bugle sang before.

EE Cummings (extract)

Essential Information

Group Leader - Muriel Burns
Email -
When - Monthly on 4th Thursday - 2:30pm
Where - Lanark
Cost - None
Disability access - Yes

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