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On seeing a newspaper picture of Sir Thomas Bouch – language and themes

There is a progression from the actual newspaper picture to the Great Tay Bridge disaster and finally the consequences. To maintain this narrative, the language has to work hard, defining themes and flow. The repetition of “one black spot” defines … Continue reading

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On seeing a newspaper picture of Sir Thomas Bouch – some technical notes

This poem has a more rigid structure than many I write, but has many of the same constructs. The poem has symmetry – the number of lines in each stanza are 1,1,4,4,4,4,4,1,1. This is important not just for the form … Continue reading

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On seeing a newspaper picture of Sir Thomas Bouch

On seeing a newspaper picture of Sir Thomas BouchEdinburgh, 30 December 1879 “For the stronger we our houses do build,The less chance we have of being killed” Look closely. One single black spot. Two single black spots smudged into one … Continue reading

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