The Worst Poetry in the Universe

Inspired by some recent HHGG listening I thought I might show the worst poetry in the universe as described by Douglas Adams. The poet in question was in fact a schoolmate of Douglas Adams – Paul Neil Milne Johnston and the address mentioned in the radio series is actually the poets address.

The dead swans lay in the stagnant pool.
They lay. They rotted. They turned
Around occasionally.
Bits of flesh dropped off them from
Time to time.
And sank into the pools mire.
They also smelt a great deal.

Apparently this guy won several English prizes at school and received a scholarship to Cambridge… What’s wrong with this picture??


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