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Good or bad poetry who decides?

Updated on February 4, 2015

Good or bad poetry?

While doing some research on Rabbie Burns I remembered that other famous Scottish poet William Mcgonegall.

Mcgonegall became famous for all the wrong reason.Despite his reputation as the "world's worst poet" McGonagall's poems are nowadays read, quoted and enjoyed more than ever, although perhaps because they offer more amusement than insight.

I remember this small verse that was allegedly by Mcgonagall.

On yonder hill there stands a coo

It,s not there noo

It must have shifted.

Here is a short one, which might have gave him a career in advertising.

You can use it with great pleasure and ease

Without wasting any elbow grease;

And when washing the most dirty clothes

The sweat won't be dripping off your nose

You can wash your clothes with little rubbing

And without scarcely any scrubbing;

And I tell you once again without any joke

There's no soap can surpass Sunlight Soap;

And believe me, charwomen one and all,

I remain yours truly, the Poet .Mcgonagall.

What is poetry?

Before I came to hubpages I had hardly read poetry never mind try to write it.I read this definition somewhere on the internet.

Poetry is an imaginative awareness of experience expressed through meaning, sound, and rhythmic language choices so as to evoke an emotional response.

Poetry by Mcgonagall

The different types of poetry

Is wide and so diverse.

I thought the only kind there was

Was rhyming it in verse.

It doesn’t really matter

If it’s Byron, Keats, or Blake.

The main thing in your poem

Are the thoughts your readers take.

I’ve had a go at writing some,

I do from time to time.

But the only kind that I can write

Is putting down in rhyme.

I’ve heard it said that poetry

Is, a painting done in words.

If that is to be the case,

My paintings must be turds.

Your poem can be funny,

Sad, or even from the heart.

Decide what kind it’s going to be,

And then just make a start.

Here are some from hubbers

Please take the time to read.

It lets you see how they can be,

So different indeed.

You can write a poem on anything

You only have to think.

Here is one by Wayne Brown

About the kitchen sink

If you like your poems more raunchy.

You don’t have to look too far.

Here is one from Ralwus.

About a women in a bar.

If you like your poems emotional

And a little bit more deep.

Here is one from Kimberly

This one will make you weep.

So now you know McGonagall

I’m coming on the rails.

The world’s worst poet?

It’s a toss up heads or tails.

If you liked this poem,

In this time of credit crunch.

Buy a book from Amazon,

And help me buy my lunch.

Before the flaggers hit me,

Or report me to the staff.

The verse iv,e written up above,

Was only for a laff.


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    • epigramman profile image


      7 years ago

      ...well the epi-man is off the hook then - lol lol -because he is an anti-poet and someone who deconstructs and subverts the genre - lol

      .....but it is so nice to meet you my fellow Scot - although I was born here in Canada - my mum and dad were born in the hometown of Mel Gibson - lol - Stirling - and my dad left when he was at the age of two - and came back during World War II as a Canadian soldier on leave from training in England to see his hometown once again and that is where he met my mum - they courted at the Stirling Bridge - how romantic and she came over here to Canada as a war bride - so that is my Scottish roots!

      Love your topic here - and you have really done a stellar job. Scotland the Brave, indeed!!!!

    • pennyofheaven profile image


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      Awesome. I like rhymes myself. You've done excellently well. Thanks


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