At Seamus Cooney’s Bad Poetry page:
My thanks to Alexandra Botelho for suggesting the next item. She writes, “Many people consider ‘A Tragedy,’ by the minor Pre-Raphaelite poet Theophilus Marzials to be the worst poem ever written in the English language. …”
— Michael Arnzen (@MikeArnzen) August 18, 2016
Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s contribution, ‘To a Young Ass’, earns its place in the list from the very first line:
Poor little foal of an oppressèd race!
(The poem then hurtles at a clip clop into Fully-Automated Luxury Communism.)