The 'famous people poetry' is further divided into poems about characters from the present era - 'contemporary figures' - and those dragged from the depths of antiquity - 'historical biographies'.
A funny poem about King Alfred, the English king remembered only for his culinary failings.
Sir Walter Raleigh is famous as the person who discovered all the things ending in 'o' - igloo, Plato, tobacco, Tokyo.
An Oxford don, Dr. Spooner was noted for his verbal malfuscations which involved transposing the initial letters of adjacent words. Distant relative of Mrs. Malaprop (q.v.).
Historical-biographical in theory, historical-simplistic in reality.
A small tribute to Christian Barnard, the South African surgeon who ?successfully performed the first heart transplant operations.
A serious poem on a serious subject - terrorism.
What is it with the woman? The Australians managed to persuade her to leave her native shores, since when she has insinuated herself into the English media to an alarming extent - weekly column in the Telegraph, regular slot on the Late Review, views on absolutely everything. Can you guess who she is yet? (Sorry, that's Rolph, her antipodean half-brother).
This poem was inspired by Paul Adams, the South African cricketer, who has an extraordinary disarticulated action which was famously described as like a "frog in a blender".
The Queen's younger sister, now sadly departed, was renowned for her wicked sense of humour and delight at making sycophantic courtiers blush.
'Harry Potter and the Angst of Adolescence' might be a more appropriate title for this poem, which deals with Harry's teen years and some of his pubescent problems.