Abram Petrovich Gannibal was an African child kidnapped to Russia as a gift for Peter the Great. The tsar freed him and raised him as his godson. Gannibal became a Major-General and the Governor of Reval. He is the great-grandfather of Alexander Pushkin, considered the greatest Russian poet.
Abram Gannibal was a black African-born Russian nobleman in the 18th century. Sold into slavery, he was eventually freed by Peter the Great and adopted into the Emperor’s household as his godson. His great-great grandson is the celebrated author and poet Alexander Pushkin.
Tommy McHugh, who at 51 “attempted to evacuate his bowels quickly due to a knock on the toilet door,” suffered a brain hemorrhage, and unlocked a previously hidden talent for creating poetry and art.
Times were tough before the Internet. The Roman poet Virgil kept a pet housefly, and upon it’s death, he held an extremely extravagant funeral for it. He even built it a mausoleum.
Su Hui, a fourth century Chinese poet, wrote a poem in the form of a twenty-nine by twenty-nine character grid. Each line can be read forward or backwards, horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. This arrangement allows for 2,848 different readings.
There was a Canadian poet who wrote almost entirely about cheese. He is widely considered to be one of the worst poets ever.
CS Lewis and Tolkien held “you laugh you lose” competitions when reading terrible poetry.