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I Sing the Sonnet

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by Duncan Gillies MacLaurin

About the Author

Descended from the Scottish poet, John MacLaurin (1734-1796), Duncan Gillies MacLaurin  was born in Glasgow in 1962. He studied Classics at Oxford, left without a degree, and spent  two years busking in the streets of Europe. He met Danish writer, Ann Bilde, in Italy in 1986, and went to Denmark with her. He took degrees in English and Latin at Aarhus University and since 1995 has taught these subjects at Esbjerg Gymnasium.

About these poems

The author explains:
These 36 sonnets have been in the pipeline for over 25 years.

Six of the sonnets here are revisions of pieces in my first poetry collection, Red Moon, published under the nom de guerre, Gillies Crisp, in 1987.

In the next fifteen years I did not write a single sonnet.

On the day my uncle David died, on 15th March 2003, I began writing “Teacher”, inspired by the photo/painting by Teun Hocks. In 2005 I joined the online forum-cum-workshop, Eratosphere, and soon afterwards The Sonnet Board. These inspired my poetry writing in general and my sonnets in particular.

If you have any comments on his poems, Duncan Gillies MacLaurin would be pleased to hear from you.