Poetic Gems

MCGONAGALL, WILLIAM.

£12.00

Publisher

David Winter and Son Ltd. 15 Shore Terrace; Gerald Duckworth and Co. Ltd ? Henrietta St., W.C.2

Place

Dundee/London

Date

1958

Synopsis

Selected from the works of william mcgonagall, poet and tragedian, with biographical sketch and reminiscences by the author, and portrait. this volume contains the first and second series, along with other poems which have not previously appeared in book form. ninth impression.

Item Description

8vo. 7.5 x 5 inches. 216 pp. In tartan stiff boards with thistle title block on front. Slight wear to board lower corners and a little spotting of edges; otherwise a very good clean copy. 1958 signature on first free endpaper. Illustrated by portrait frontispiece plate, with facsimile signature, William Topaz McGonagall of Dundee (c.1825-1902), Scottish poet of Irish descent, is perhaps the best known bad poet to have written in the English language. Much lampooned, he wrote unintentionally amusing dramatic poetry in a narrative ballad style, throwing scansion to the winds as long as every two lines rhymed with each other. This collection, which includes many famous pieces such as the three on the Tay Bridge disaster of 1879, was first published in two parts in 1890 and in one volume in 1934.

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