English: Poet Backgrounds: Tom Leonard [Unrelated Incidents]


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Poetry From Different Cultures
Unrelated Incidents
Tom Leonard
THE POET Tom Leonard Scottish. Leonard was born and lives in
Glasgow. His father was from Dublin. Leonard describes his upbringing
as "working class west of Scotland Irish catholic". He write `Unrelated
Incidents' in 1976.
THE POET'S INSPARATION Leonard is interested in the `political nature of
voice, in British culture'. He describes himself as "thoroughly Scottish"
despite his nationality being recorded as British. He incorporates his
home town into his poems by writing them phonetically, the way they
would be spoken if read by a Glaswegian. Tom Leonard describes his
aim to create poetry using "my own ordinary workingclass West of
Scotland speech, that is still poetry."
OTHER CONTEXTUAL DETAILS `Unrelated Incidents' is a set of six poems,
with each one exploring a different aspect of the way we use language.
Luke Pattison,


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