McGonagall’s Works

McGonagall published over 200 poems in his lifetime, mostly on printed broadsheets he sold in the street or after giving one of his “entertainments”. These poems may be perused here, grouped either by publication or by subject matter.

Poems by Subject

Though most famous for his disaster poems, McGonagall’s range of subjects was actually far wider:

Poems by Publication

The name “Poetic Gems” chosen by McGonagall for his first (and only) book of poems has been adopted and adapted for later collections of his work. Choose from one of the titles below:

A few poems remain unpublished in any printed poetry collection.

Full Lists of Poems

Alternatively, you can consult a complete list of all McGonagall poems, listed either alphabetically or chronologically.

Non-Poetic Works

McGonagall wasn’t just a poet, he turned his hand to literary criticism in this essay:

Gem of the Day

An Ode to the Queen on her Jubilee Year

A glimpse of what Victoria missed by not appointing McGonagall to be her Poet Laureate

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