Poetic Gems, More Poetic Gems, and Last Poetic Gems, Selected from the Works of: McGonagall, ... Poetic Gems, More Poetic Gems, and Last Poetic Gems, Selected from the Works of: McGonagall, ...

Poetic Gems, More Poetic Gems, and Last Poetic Gems, Selected from the Works of

McGonagall, William

Published by David Winter & Son, Dundee, 1974
Used Condition: Near Fine Soft cover
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In a world which will presumably never run short of earnest adolescents eager to form rhymes on the subjects of babbling brooks and young love, how can we ever hope to definitively identify the "Worst Poet in the English Language"? For starters, our candidate must surely be an adult who undertakes to write on serious matters, and who takes himself seriously, as well -- intentional parody must be promptly disqualified. But beyond that, a certain ineffable gift for locating just the right word, for crafting a turn of phrase of unique beauty or power, must also be totally lacking, to a degree impossible to attribute to mere chance. Many have aspired to such greatness, yet who but William McGonagall -- the hand-loom weaver who in the late 19th Century used to sell his poems as penny broadsheets in the streets of Dundee -- could have crafted the immortal lines "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." And so onward, for seven stanzas, his deathless "Tay Bridge Disaster." "The flat literalness somehow creates a pattern," wrote R.G.G. Price in "Punch." "By seeing each fact separately and statically, McGonagall produces fantasy. This, rather than his tortured rhyming and his difficulties with scansion, lifts him to the head of his craft and makes him the greatest Bad Verse Writer of his age." Offered here a set of three 1970s mass market paperback reprints, all in near fine condition with no visible spine creases (though "Poetic Gems" does show vertical "Docutech crimps" to either side of spine, as made), publisher listed either as Gerald Duckworth & Co., London, or David Winter and Son, Dundee, or listing both: "Poetic Gems," "More Poetic Gems," and "Last Poetic Gems" of William McGonagall, poet and tragedian, who in his introductory autobiography attributes his gifts to nothing less than "divine inspiration." Price for the three MM paperback volumes, now reduced from $100. Bookseller Inventory # 002775

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Title: Poetic Gems, More Poetic Gems, and Last ...

Publisher: David Winter & Son, Dundee

Publication Date: 1974

Binding: Soft cover

Book Condition:Near Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket

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