Celebrating MacGonagall at the ‘Graun’

February 27, 2009 at 8:01 pm (Galloway, Guardian, Jim D, literature)

From today’s Graun ‘Letters and emails’  page:

Here on the beautiful banks of the silvery Tay / We the Guardian readers of the bonnie city of Dundee would just like to say / That your paper has paid us a great compliment and done much honour to us all / By writing an editorial in the style of our great poet William MacGonagall (26 February). / The only criticism we might make (and we think we probably should) / Is that the metre was too regular and the rhymes far too good.”  Andrew Johnstone  Dundee

Here’s what Mr Johnstone was on about…

…and here’s a taste of the wonderful original …

NB: If I was from Dundee, I’d be a lot happier to be associated with William MacGonagall than with George Galloway.

3 Comments

  1. Lobby Ludd said,

    William Topaz McGonagall

    Were his parents some kind of early 19th Century hippies?

    It would explain much.

  2. resistor said,

    He was a better poet than Sean ‘The Vogon’ Matgamna.

    Ponder this VP!

    http://www.workersliberty.org/story/2008/07/31/oedipus-regrets

    Submitted on 31 July, 2008 – 16:10
    Author:
    Sean Matgamna

    OEDIPUS REGRETS
    Oh, Mum, Mum,
    I did you wrong;

    Mum, Mum:
    You didn’t cum!

  3. charliethechulo said,

    I think that’s rather good.

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