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Poetic Gems by William McGonagall

William McGonagall was known as the Greatest Bad Verse Writer of his age, but was sustained throughout his career as by an invincible belief in his own genius. 'The Tay Bridge Disaster', 'Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie', and 'Attempted Assassination of the Queen' all passed into recorded Victorian literature and are reproduced in this collection. McGonagall was unrecognised in his own lifetime, but how has many thousands of admirers around the world - including Billy Connelly, who has written an affectionate introduction to the anthology.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780715631515
Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
Publication date: 07/01/2002
Pages: 176
Product dimensions: 4.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.48(d)

About the Author

William Topaz McGonagall was the son of an Irish weaver and spent his life in Dundee as a handloom weaver by day and a poet by night. He attracted a certain following with his readings in public houses and his broadsheets of topical verse. He died in 1902.

Noted actor and stand-up comedian, Billy Connolly is a lover of poetry and a devoted fan of William McGonagall.

Table of Contents

Ode to the Queen on Her Jubilee Year25
Death of Lord and Lady Dalhousie27
Death of Prince Leopold30
Funeral of the German Emperor33
The Famous Tay Whale37
The Battle of Tel-el-Kebir39
The Railway Bridge of the Silvery Tay41
The Newport Railway42
Address to the New Tay Bridge44
The Tay Bridge Disaster46
The Late Sir John Ogilvy48
The Rattling Boy from Dublin49
Burial of the Rev. George Gilfinnan51
The Battle of El-Teb52
The Battle of Abu Klea55
A Christmas Carol58
The Christmas Goose60
An Autumn Reverie62
Wreck of the Steamer "London"64
Wreck of the "Thomas Dryden"66
Attempted Assassination of the Queen68
Saving a Train70
The Moon73
The Beautiful Sun75
Grace Darling, or the Wreck of the "Forfarshire"77
Adventure in the Life of King James V of Scotland80
The Clepington Catastrophe82
The Rebel Surprise near Tamai85
The Battle of Cressy88
Wreck of the Barque "Wm. Paterson" of Liverpool91
Sorrows of the Blind94
General Gordon, the Hero of Khartoum95
Burning of the Exeter Theatre98
John Rouat the Fisherman101
Hanchen, the Maid of the Mill104
Wreck of the Schooner "Samuel Crawford"107
The First Grenadier of France110
Tragic Death of the Rev. A. H. Mackonochie113
Burning of the Steamer "City of Montreal"116
Wreck of the Whaler "Oscar"118
Jenny Carrister, the Heroine of Lucknow Mine122
The Horrors of Majuba125
Miraculous Escape of Robert Allan, the Fireman128
Collision in the English Channel131
The Battle of Shina, in Africa, fought in 1800134
Beautiful Edinburgh137
Women's Suffrage139
Lord Robert's Triumphal Entry into Pretoria141
Tribute to Mr J. Graham Henderson, the World's Fair Judge143
Wreck of the Columbine144
Balmoral Castle148
A New Temperance Poem, in Memory of my Departed Parents, who were Sober Living & God Fearing People150
The Sunderland Calamity153
Inauguration of the University College, Dundee156

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