Amanda McKittrick Ros -- 'World's Worst Poet'?

Anna Margaret Ross (née McKittrick; 8 December 1860–2 February 1939), was an Irish writer,  who used the nom de plume Amanda McKittrick Ros. She was born in Drumaness, County Down, on December 8, 1860.  She holds the dubious distinction of being called by critics "one of the world's worst poets" due to her flamboyant, flowery prose, overuse of alliteration, and convoluted phrasing.  Yet her admirers include  Aldous Huxley, Siegfried Sassoon, C.S. Lewis, and Mark Twain.  Below is a sample of her poetry.

On Visiting Westminster Abbey

Holy Moses! Have a look!
Flesh decayed in every nook!
Some rare bits of brain lie here,
Mortal loads of beef and beer,
Some of whom are turned to dust,
Every one bids lost to lust;
Royal flesh so tinged with 'blue'
Undergoes the same as you.
...

Famous some were--yet they died;
Poets--Statesmen--Rogues beside,
Kings--Queens, all of them do rot,
What about them? Now--they're not!

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Comment by That's Just How It Was on December 13, 2016 at 7:34am

Art is in the eye of the beholder..; critics are just that 'critics' they do not speak for the masses. ..

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