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quantumofire


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Posted Fri Sep 25th, 2009 7:52pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

May I refer you all the great Macgonagall

His poem - The Tay Bridge Disaster - is a true masterpiece.

Beautiful Railway Bridge of the Silv'ry Tay!
Alas! I am very sorry to say
That ninety lives have been taken away
On the last Sabbath day of 1879,
Which will be remember'd for a very long time.

'Twas about seven o'clock at night,
And the wind it blew with all its might,
And the rain came pouring down,
And the dark clouds seem'd to frown,
And the Demon of the air seem'd to say-
"I'll blow down the Bridge of Tay."

I'll spare you the other six verses, I'm sure you can find them all on the net somewhere, plus may other great gems. So I feel many have a long way to go before achieving the truly breathtaking intensity of his prose. Enjoy

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Breaking contradictions in his mind was, to him, like walking through a winter forest snapping twigs underfoot.

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tito


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Posted Fri Sep 25th, 2009 8:09pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

I read some of his stuff a few years ago. I have now recovered enough to re-read.

Thankyou for posting it. It's from him I learned my craft.


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quantumofire


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Posted Fri Sep 25th, 2009 11:49pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

I've found a website with many of his poems on -

http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/poems

Hurray...I posted a link...I think

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tito


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Posted Sat Sep 26th, 2009 12:12am Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

It's late. I'll take some diazapam tomorrow and read them.

And no. I'm not joking. I remember the 'spirit' of the poems.

Thanks for the post!


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tito


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Posted Sat Sep 26th, 2009 5:57pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

Macgonagall:
Not so much a poet as someone who wrote a news commentary with rhyming words in it.

Still ploughing on through the link. Difficult as I keep drifting off and trying to fathom how his mind worked.

But I am nothing if not a trier!

We continue.


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quantumofire


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Posted Sat Sep 26th, 2009 8:00pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

I dip in occasionally but I usually find myself rolling about the floor

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tito


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Posted Tue Sep 29th, 2009 1:17pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

I'm still dragging myself through these. The problem lies in always feeling that you've read them all before.

Oddly compulsive.


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quantumofire


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Posted Tue Sep 29th, 2009 3:45pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

He has the wonderful gift of reducing great disasters and tragedies, famous people and landmarks to absurdity and farce.

From - Burning of the Exeter Theatre.

And soon the theatre was filled with a blinding smoke,
So that the people their way out had to grope... (grope what?)

and

And all those that had their wounds dressed proceeded home,
Accompanied by their friends, and making a loud moan...

and

Alas! words fail to describe the desolation,
And in many houses it will cause great lamentation;
Because human remains are beyond identification,
Which will cause the relatives of sufferers to be in great tribulation.

....truly moving.

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quantumofire


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Posted Tue Sep 29th, 2009 9:00pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

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Maxx England


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Posted Wed Sep 30th, 2009 11:21am Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

A man out of his time - read his works as rap in a time warp. This, conveniently, also gives one a clear perspective on the place of rap as an art form. The "c" is silent, as you will have aready worked out.

The only way is forward. Now where's the bar?

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tito


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Posted Wed Sep 30th, 2009 11:46am Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

Cheers Maxx! You've just given me a horrible image of what could have been had he been alive today.

Aaaaaargh!


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quantumofire


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Posted Fri Oct 2nd, 2009 12:13am Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

From the Tay Bridge Disater

I must conclude my lay
By telling the world fearlessly without the least dismay,
That your central girders would not have given way,
At least many sensible men do say,
Had been supported on each side with buttresses,
At least many sensible men confesses,
For the stronger we our houses do built,
The less chance we have of being killed.
----
I dare anyone to rap that

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tito


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Posted Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 2:19pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

I think I have a favourite.

'Attempted Assassination of the Queen'.


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quantumofire


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Posted Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 5:52pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

An excellent choice.

I'm slowly plowing through them myself and there seems to be a lot of 'bewailing' in many of them. I think that's his favorite word.

Can I also recommend the 'Demon Drink' as a sobering tale and I've been trying to get my head around the chorus of 'The Rattling Boy of Dublin'.

It's enough to make one reach for the gin.

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tito


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Posted Sat Oct 3rd, 2009 6:29pm Post subject: bad poetry - a true master

Whack fal di da?


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