David Kett was the speaker at Brechin Rotary Club last week when he analysed the work of Scotland’s other national bard – William Topaz McGonagall.
David is a self confessed collector of “McGonagallania”, and he gave an insight into the poet whose style was famous for its functional rhyme and its disregard of the ideals of scan, combined with populist and maudlin sentiment.
He said that Dundee’s library contains a diverse collection of McGonagall’s poems, letters, photographs and news cuttings, in which can be found his favourite subjects of battles, disasters, Dundee and personalities.
David concluded by asking was McGonagall having a laugh at us or are we having a laugh with him?
Club member Alan Watt thanked David for the tales o’ the bard,
Who is sometimes not held in especially high regard,
But maybe we should not his ability disregard,
For trying to mimic him is rather hard.