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I'm a married 60 year old Brit who lives near Liverpool, UK. 

I started writing poetry as a hobby after taking retirement from my role as a Registered Mental Health Nurse working in the field of Brain Injury Rehabilitation.

Themes of the seaside, railways and the naivety of childhood crop up often in my poems and I like to write (usually in rhyme) just what I see, no matter how trivial that may be.

Although some of my work is based on my own personal experiences, I try to focus on imagery and places in time that are identifiable to the reader as well.

I also enjoy 'weaving' stories through my work and occasionally put my own spin on the classics.

Other than at school, the only poems I have ever written are those that you can read here at Poetry Soup.

If you have the time to view and comment on any of my work here then I would really appreciate it. I'm always open to constructive criticism.

Thank you

Gary 


Some Interesting Facts about Poets and Poetry

Blog Posted:4/12/2021 6:52:00 AM

Apologies about the uninteresting blog title but thank you for clicking anyway. You're either interested or just plain bored.

Anyway, here's a few  interesting fun facts about poems that you may or may not be interested in depending on whether you believe them in the first place:

1a) Metrophobia is the fear of poetry. - I blame school.

1b) Metromania is the term for the compulsion to write poetry. - I blame Poetry Soup. Both terms are derived from the word "metre"

2) G.K. Chesterton wrote a poem called "Plakkopytrixophylisperambulantiobatrix" -  Perhaps he fell asleep leaning on his typewriter? I'm just glad I never played Scrabble with the guy.

3a) Herman Melville's 1876 work "Clarel: A Poem and Pilgramage in The Holy Land" is the longest published poem in American Literature. There are close to 18,000 lines. - He didn't do Haikus.

3b) George MacDonald (1824 -1905) wrote a poem called "The Shortest and Sweetest of Songs" It contained just two words: "Come Home."  - Whoever it was addressed to should have written an even shorter poem back. (My thoughts only)

4)  'Flyting' is the term for a poetic slanging-match, where two poets assail each other in turn with streams of abusive verse. - Luckily, such a form is and will always be redundant here at Poetry Soup.Besides, imagine trying to get all of it to rhyme!

5) Poet Amy Lowell once bought a stash of 10,000 cigars claiming she needed them to help her write. - I'm sure one or two pens would have been easier.

6) Poet Marianne Moore was asked by The Ford Motor company to come up with a name for one of their cars. One of her suggestions was "Mongoose Civique". - I suspect the car in question had a long body with small rounded wing mirrors and a long tapering exhaust pipe...or maybe she just had a thing against snakes..?


Some of the above was plucked from the web page at: 

https://interestingliterature.com/2015/07/31-interesting-facts-about-poetry-and-poets/



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Date: 4/15/2021 9:07:00 PM
Thanks for sharing this... added learning to me. It sure adds to the celebration poets must enjoy. God bless you.
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Date: 4/16/2021 1:49:00 AM
Hello Beata - thanks for the visit and your comments! :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 8:39:00 PM
witty blog, Gary. I learned lots of fun trivia and found this an interesting blog.
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/13/2021 1:36:00 AM
Thank you Andrea! I learned much too. Some of the other facts on the linked page left me silent. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 3:11:00 PM
Gary,1a so true for my age group 3a definitely not a winner in any of my 'All yours ' contests 3b only one word in response 'why?' 4 an old word for trolling or some bloggers perhaps ,no names or pack drill though
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Date: 4/13/2021 1:34:00 AM
Brian, thanks for your own witty responses. They had me smiling. I like your 3b response of "Why?"..I was thinking along the lines of "No" :) Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 2:31:00 PM
what a witty blog thanks for sharing Gary:-) hugs Jan xx
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Date: 4/13/2021 1:32:00 AM
Thank you! I really enjoyed putting it together Jan. Sometimes facts are so weird they deserve a witty response in my opinion. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 2:12:00 PM
Gary, a fun blog, I enjoyed reading it very much, I am for sure a Metromania with a compulsion to write poetry- as it is my passion, it is like breathing for me, without it I am sure I would fall apart, love _Constance
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/13/2021 1:28:00 AM
I hear you Constance..metromaniac here too. I sometimes think in rhyme too which is a bit scary.. :) Thanks for your comments. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 9:25:00 AM
A very interesting blog, Gary! I loved your humorous quips at the end of each statement. I even learned a few things. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Kim M
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/12/2021 12:09:00 PM
Hi Kim! Thanks for your comments. I've certainly learned much from the website that is linked whilst having a laugh at the same time. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 9:12:00 AM
This is just what I needed to dispell the Monday blues. BTW I used no 4 in my double dactyl. It perfectly describes the origins of the Limerick.:))
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Date: 4/12/2021 12:10:00 PM
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Gary Radice
Date: 4/12/2021 12:07:00 PM
Hi Suzette! Glad I could help dispelling the Monday blues. I'm smiling myself having just read your double dactyl "The Maigue Poets Of Croom" Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 8:52:00 AM
A fantastic blog Gary, very well presented, and full of wit, and some very interesting facts, which are always good to work with, cheers David
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Date: 4/12/2021 12:03:00 PM
Thanks David. Yes, I enjoy a bit of wit with my learning. Glad others do too! Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 8:29:00 AM
I enjoyed your piece, Gary. I got several chuckles out of it, and I learned a heckuva lot!
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Date: 4/12/2021 11:59:00 AM
Thanks Milton! I too got a few laughs out of the site and learned a lot as well. Cheers - Gary
Date: 4/12/2021 8:22:00 AM
Thoroughly enjoyed this Gary, thank you! I think I identify myself more as a metromanic than as a poet. ;), xomo
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Date: 4/12/2021 11:56:00 AM
Hi Maureen! I'm glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for your comments. :) Cheers - Gary.

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