History of Leith, Edinburgh

August 2, 2007

Fans of Poet William McGonagall Denied Statue in His Honor

The Scottish literary establishment has denied plans for a memorial to the poet William McGonagall, unofficially known as the worst published poet of all time. Fans of the horrible writer wanted to see a memorial constructed at the Writers Museum in Edinburg alongside Robert Burns, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Walter Scott. Though plaques have been constructed in McGonagall’s home town of Edinburgh and his adopted city of Dundee, there are no statues of the poet. Those who oppose the memorial say that the fan support is due to mockery rather than appreciation, poking fun at McGonagall’s lack of talent that he himself found to be on the same level as Shakespeare’s work. These are the same fans who give regular recitals of his poetry and the celebration of McGonagall night, a parody of the Burns supper that marks the respected poet’s birthday with Scotch whisky. Instead, they eat a meal back to front staring with the dessert and ending with the starter. for more click here

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