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William Topaz McGonagall
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Poet
    (March 1825-September 29, 1902)
    Most famous poem is 'The Tay Bridge Disaster' (1879)
    He is widely considered the worst poet in British history.
    His public readings in Dundee were eventually banned for causing a 'breach of the peace,' due to the riotous barrage of fruit and vegetables inevitably launched at him.
    He insisted on styling himself 'Poet to Her Majesty' after receiving a note from Queen Victoria's secretary declining a gift of his verses.
    Acting in the title role of MacBeth, he refused to die after being stabbed by McDuff.
    He only had a total of 18 months of education.
    W. H. Auden hailed him as 'one of the greatest comic poets in English.'
    A collections of his works outsell those of Robert Browning and Alfred Lord Tennyson.
    He inspired the name of a character in 'The Goon Show.'
    He inspired the name of Prof. Minerva McGonagall in the Harry Potter books.

Credit: C. Fishel


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