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McGonagall

William. 1830--?1902, Scottish writer of doggerel, noted for its bathos, repetitive rhymes, poor scansion, and ludicrous effect
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BAD TO VERSE: The 'great' Scottish poet William McGonagall and, inset below, Rabbie Burns - the real deal
In the famous 1880 poem The Tay Bridge Disaster (partly reprinted here) by Scot William McGonagall, he mistakenly says 90 people died.
I'm not even a William McGonagall and he is considered the worst poet ever.
William McGonagall had food thrown at him during public readings and was mocked for his awful verse including a poem about the 1879 Tay Bridge disaster.
THE "world's worst poet" William McGonagall, who wrote dire verse about Scottish events such as the Tay Bridge tragedy, will be honoured alongside his greatest literary compatriots such as Burns, Stevenson and Scott at the Edinburgh Literary Museum because he is "so popular".
The runner-up was Bill Lynch with his take on the World's Worst Poet, William McGonagall.
It is below the 75 commonly believed to have perished and far short of the 90 claimed by William McGonagall in his infamous poem about the disaster.
Not since the greatest poetry prize on offer evaded the clutches of William McGonagall, Pam Ayres or Benny Hill has there been such a dogfight in the world of doggerel.
WILLIAM McGonagall, mocked as one of the least talented writers ever, has been denied a place alongside literary giants such as Robert Burns and Sir Walter Scott.
William McGonagall composed Lines, In Praise of the Royal Marriage in 1893 to celebrate the future King George V's wedding to Princess Mary of Teck.
WILLIAM McGonagall is famous for his awful poetry, but newly unearthed documents reveal he had a hidden talent.
Eddie's work was compared to that of William McGonagall, who died 100 years ago.