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Q: William McGonagall ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   1 Comment )
Subject: William McGonagall
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: jimen-ga
List Price: $5.00
Posted: 22 Aug 2005 14:56 PDT
Expires: 21 Sep 2005 14:56 PDT
Question ID: 558898
When I was at school in Scotland (many moons ago) William McGonagall
was cited as "Scotland's worst poet". Has he any rivals for this title
and where can I find more information on him?

Request for Question Clarification by justaskscott-ga on 22 Aug 2005 15:28 PDT
Would you accept as an answer a poet who was born in Scotland and
lived there until he was 14?  This person certainly seems to be a
rival for worst poet born in Scotland.

Clarification of Question by jimen-ga on 22 Aug 2005 16:48 PDT
Any suggestion welcome!
Subject: Re: William McGonagall
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 22 Aug 2005 17:55 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi jimen,

It seems that William McGonagall is indeed "widely hailed as the
writer of the worst poetry in the English language," not to mention in
Scotland, as asserted by the McGonagall Online homepage cited by
scriptor.  However, McGonagall does have a Scottish rival, though one
who wrote his poetry in Canada.

The pride(?) of Forres, Scotland, James McIntyre was best known as
"the cheese poet."  He composed an "Ode on the Mammoth Cheese," among
other cheese poems.  This ode begins with the immortal lines:

"We have seen thee, queen of cheese,
Lying quietly at your ease,
Gently fanned by evening breeze,
Thy fair form no flies dare seize."

I'll give him this much -- he clearly did know rhymes for "cheese."

Here's another sample from his oeuvre:

"The ancient poets ne'er did dream
That Canada was land of cream, ...."

It's lucky for Scotland that he emigrated, I think.

"James McIntyre - The Cheese Poet. Was he the worst poet to have
lived, evar?  Or was it the noble William Topaz McGonagall, much
beloved of goons." (June 06, 2005)

"James McIntyre: The Cheese Poet"
Swift and Bored

"McIntyre, James"
Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online

"James McIntyre"

- justaskscott

Search strategy --

Searched on Google for combinations of the following:

"worst poet"
"worst poets"
moore [a bad American poet]
ros [a bad Irish poet]
"cheese poet"
"chaucer of cheese"
jimen-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
A most entertaining answer!

Subject: Re: William McGonagall
From: scriptor-ga on 22 Aug 2005 14:59 PDT
This could be a good starting point:


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