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.


  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!


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

    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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