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William McGonagall

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by Fnaar, 16 May 2008.

  1. Fnaar

    Fnaar Smutmaster General

    Location:
    Thumberland
    For anyone who is not familiar with Mr McGonagall's poetic oeuvre, some of his stuff is up for auction ;)
    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/scotland/tayside_and_central/7402920.stm

    For more info (he's described as world's worst poet) see wiki
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_McGonagall

    His best known work is "The Tay Bridge Disaster", and (not forgetting that it was a real disaster, of course) here's a sample of his work... it's in the "so bad it's good" area of things...

    Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
    Alas! I am very sorry to say
    That ninety lives have been taken away
    On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
    Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

    'Twas about seven o'clock at night,
    And the wind it blew with all its might,
    And the rain came pouring down,
    And the dark clouds seem'd to frown,
    And the Demon of the air seem'd to say-
    "I'll blow down the Bridge of Tay."

    http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/poems/
     
  2. Melvil

    Melvil Standard nerd

    I once went to the launch of Stephen Fry's book about writing poetry 'The Ode less travelled' - he talked a bit about old Topaz, rather fondly I thought (considering how bad he was).