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Bad poet!

The city of Dundee, Scotland, has chosen to honor a poet by the name of William Topaz McGonagall by etching the first verse of his best-known poem, "The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay", into pavement running along the river, near the bridge in question.

The BBC quotes Mervyn Rolfe, chairman of the Dundee's City of Recovery Campaign, which commissioned the project:

"Love him or loathe him there is no denying the fact that McGonagall was a great character with great passion for poetry and Dundee.

"His appalling use of meter and rhyme and his unshakeable self-belief have endeared him to the hearts of thousands of fans all over the world.

"We hope McGonagall Walk will rekindle public interest and encourage more people to take an active interest in his life and work in this important year."

That's right — McGonagall's recognition derives from the poverty of his prosody. He stunk! (And, as I've said before, bad poetry is beautiful, beautiful stuff.)

June 24, 2002 2:50 PM

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