What would Scotland's greatest writers have made of the referendum debate?
Robert Burns would probably have penned a poem about how a beautiful, rose-cheeked lass had inspired him to vote yes. Sir Walter Scott would have summoned up the spirit of great British heroes to encourage us to vote no.
The poems that have been springing up on Twitter in recent days are not in the same league as Burns or Scott but they are at least a diverting contribution to the referendum debate. It's a kind of poetry face-off with limericks and short poems the only weapons.
Not only is it a blessed relief from some of the more ill-tempered argument online, it is proof that a sense of humour is always the best atmosphere for a debate, no matter how important the issue at stake.
Just as long as the poets don't start to take themselves too seriously. As twitterer Ergasiophobe put it this week: "If you think you are a poet/You really shouldn't show it/Indy artists are pretentious/It's just that they don't know it."
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