Ponderous Poetry

William Wordsworth once earned a dubious distinction -- for having written one of the worst lines in the history of serious verse.

"I've measure it from side to side," he wrote of a certain 'pond.' "'Tis three feet long and two feet wide."

[Among other candidates for worst poetry:
* George Crabbe's "And I was ask'd and authorised to go / To seek the firm of Clutterbuck and Co."
* William Balmford's "So 'tis with Christians, Nature being weakWhile in this world, are liable to leak."]

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