Thursday, December 12, 2013

Bizarre Poets

Bizarre Poets#1- William McGonagall read his poems while the crowd was permitted to pelt him with eggs, flour, herrings, potatoes and stale bread. For this, he received fifteen shillings a night. McGonagall seemed happy with this arrangement, but the events became so raucous that the city magistrates were forced to put a ban on them.

Bizarre Poets#2 On 2 March 1882, Roderick Maclean, a disgruntled poet apparently offended by Queen Victoria's refusal to accept one of his poems, shot at the Queen as her carriage left Windsor railway station.

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