Celebrating William Topaz McGonagall, for World Poetry Day

Steve Farrar celebrates the historically bad poetry of William Topaz McGonagall, for World Poetry Day:

Here was a man unafraid to rhyme ‘poet’ and ‘know it’ without the least hint of irony, and of course he fearlessly rejected the confines of conventional scansion. For instance, he lovingly crafted the following couplet about Lochleven Castle:

‘And the scenery around it is most beautiful to be seen,
Especially the Castle, wherein was imprisoned Scotland’s ill-starred Queen.’

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