Saturday, May 17, 2008

Den værste poet

Udklip fra artiklen:

'Worst poet' outsells boy wizard

Fordi et værk af William McGonagall blev solgt for mere end en signeret første udgave af Harry Potter.

Om poeten skriver de:

McGonagall, who died in 1902, was often mocked and had food thrown at him during readings in Dundee.

Alex Dove, from auctioneers Lyon and Turnbull, said: "He was a confident gentleman who thought that his poetry was some of the best.

"He once walked all the way to Balmoral to try to become Poet Laureate. Unfortunately the Queen wasn't in.

"He spent a lot of time on the streets of Dundee trying to sell his poems and performing them, much to the amusement of the residents.

"Poet-baiting became quite an activity for the students of the time, where they would encourage him to perform, and then they would throw eggs and vegetables at him.


Det er mere om ham her på wiki
Inklusiv udklip af hans poesi!

Og en lille side bemærkning på wiki, som jeg syntes var særligt sjov:

McGonagall also considered himself an actor, although the theatre where he performed, Mr Giles' Theatre, would only let him perform the title role in Macbeth if he paid for the privilege in advance. Their caution proved ill-founded however, as the theatre was filled with friends and fellow workers, anxious to see what they correctly predicted to be an amusing disaster. Although the play should have ended with Macbeth's death at the hands of Macduff, McGonagall believed that the actor playing Macduff was trying to upstage him, and so refused to die.

1 comment:

Thurston said...

Der er noget ved navnet McGonagall og manglende talent. Check bare Muppet Show, den stakkels fyr som ellers kan gurgle Gershwin, bliver totalt jordet omtrent 1:40.