Sonnet 76 x

Sonnet 76 x

Joanna Thomson

Is it weird to write love poetry to a bus? I would say that my relationship with public transport is pretty mundane. It's your casual love/hate sort of thing; hence why I had to write a Shakespearean sonnet. The poem attempts to evoke a sense of commonality not only in experience, but in a shared Scottish humour. Our ability to laugh at ourselves (most of the time) is, I feel, one of our greatest attributes as Scots. Are we not the proud nation of 'bampots' and 'dafties'? However, that is not to say that we Scots don't have sincerity. We couldn’t have birthed some of the world's most respected thinkers without it. It’s exactly this harmony between intellect and creativity found in our culture which could cause you to take a more critical viewpoint of the poem. Perhaps you view this as a mockery of the objectification of women, or a challenge to the stereotypes of romantic poetry? Regardless of your view, I hope the duality of this poem celebrates the duality of our Scottish culture.

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