The trio of Robert Burns, Robert Service and Robert Frost have had a lasting impression on my writing.
Wee Rabbie is known as the Bard of Ayrshire, and his writings typify the peasant poetry which I like, in the vernacular, but rhyming, telling of the day to day issues, and responding to the topics of the time.
His flow in his poems such as Dan Mc Grew is something I have looked to eminate in some of my longer poems.
My favourite poem is “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening”, and is but one of a plethora of fantastic works by this prolific American author.
The Irish Brigade
Not to be outdone, of course the standard Irish influences have been of immense importance to me, from W.B. Yeats to Thomas Moore, to Padric Culumb to Patrick Kavanagh.