For years, the poetry establishment has ‘hailed’ 19th century Scots bard William McGonnagall’s lament about the Tay Bridge Disaster as the worst poem ever written in the English language, for lines such as:
And the cry rang out all o’er the town, Good Heavens! the Tay Bridge is blown down
But now it seems there is a new contender in town. Once published in a highly praised antholgoy of poems, 19th century Brit Theophile Jules-Henri Marzials is now being condemned for his ‘appalling’ verse aptly entitled The Tragedy. The last line in particular has critics groaning with despair as the ‘absolute epitome of awfulness’!
The line in question?
Drop / Dead. / Plop, flop. / Plop
To figure out what on earth he’s on about read the poem in full at The Guardian.