‘The Worst Poet Ever?’ (2016)

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Can bad art survive by its badness?

Well, William Topaz McGonagall’s has.

The Worst Poet Ever?

He was immovably convinced that he was Scotland’s greatest living poet, and one of the greatest of all time. He expected Queen Victoria to make him Poet Laureate. He actually turned up at the palace once to talk it over with her. The guards said she wasn’t in.

Oh, the power of delusion! It’s what makes Elizabeth Warren presidential timber, Greta Thunberg an eco-messiah, and Bruce Jenner a “woman.” As opposed to these, Mr. McGonagall’s delusion harmed no one at all.

2 comments on “‘The Worst Poet Ever?’ (2016)

  1. He’s practically Tennyson compared to Amanda Gorman, the National Youth Poet Laureate whose mumbo-jumbo graced Biden’s inauguration.
    Here’s her rewrite of the National Anthem:

    O say can we see, by the Gone’s early flight,
    What so loudly we failed at the mornlight’s past gleaming,
    Whose flawed stripes and strifed scars, through the perilous plight,
    Our wan hearts, we watched, stirred and valiantly screaming.
    And the rifle’s dread glare, bullets bursting in air,
    Gave truth in our sight that our flag was not spared.
    O say does that scar-mangled banner yet save
    Our land of the free and the home of the brave?

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