Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

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McGough was born in Litherland, Lancashire, to the north of Liverpool, the city with which he is firmly associated, and was educated at the University of Hull at a time when Philip Larkin was the librarian there. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s, he worked as a teacher and, with John Gorman, organised arts events. After meeting Mike McGear the trio formed The Scaffold, working the Edinburgh Festival until they signed to Parlophone records in 1966. The group scored several hit records, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968 with their version of "Lily The Pink". McGough wrote the lyrics for many of the group's songs and also recorded the musical comedy/poetry album ... more »

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  • Rookie Rob Milne (12/9/2013 12:17:00 AM)

    Can you include more of Roger McGough's poems on your website. Memorable poems include On Picnics, A Square Dance, and What you are. Thanks and Regards, Rob Milne

  • Rookie Shatha Alsaadi (3/29/2012 1:27:00 AM)

    Dear McGough,
    I am a phD student writing about your poems, Liverpool poets, I feel neon lights come to me when I read nearly all your poems, but what amuses me more is the poem entitled strangeways: where Granny's canary revolt till gran carries out major reforms. Even canaries can not stand the beautiful cage. Thank you so much. Shatha Alsaadi

  • Rookie Fathima Nasuha (9/2/2011 5:22:00 AM)

    hi iam a speech and drama student and one of my selections for my performance exam is one of your poems 'Learning to Read' Which is very beautiful n emotional when u recite it. i like the poem very much and that was reason to choose your poem for my selections.therefore can you help me in giving more tips about this poem. what made you write this kind of a poem and what it means for you? ? ? ? ?

  • Rookie Raul Alvarez (11/9/2009 10:00:00 PM)

    Dear Mr Roger.
    It is a pleassure write some lines to you. I am a EFL student from Venezuela and I have an assignment for my British Literature course. My homework is to analyse a poem under the author's point of view. I have to analyse 'You and I'. Thanks in advance if you can help me interpret the poem mentioned, what motivated you to write it and what it means for you.

  • Rookie - 65 Points Sathyanarayana M V S (9/26/2009 4:07:00 AM)

    Respected Sir,
    I read your poem ' Let me die a young man's death'. It was great and I understand that the said poem is amongst the 50 all time great poems. I wish you give some lessons to young poets like me and help us hone our skills.
    With humble regards,

  • Rookie Emily Smith (12/2/2008 8:09:00 AM)

    'The Lesson'

    I really enjoyed reading this poem because it was really funny but on the other hand it makes you think about how you could improve in our behaviour and makes us understand that sometimes the teachers get crazy when we are shouting and doing all sorts of bad things.

    I think you are a really phenomenal poet and I look forward to read another poem from you. I really want to say a colossol 'thank you'

    Elena. Aged 10

  • Rookie Emily Smith (12/2/2008 7:24:00 AM)

    Dear Mr Roger McGough,

    I am very appalled at your poem 'The Lesson'. It is a bad influence to all children. Even though it was very humourous but it still is a very bad influence to children. It is an absolute draught. In future I do expect for you to do more suitable poems for children to read. I was learning about your poetry this week. I was totally disgusted. The behaviour in this poem is gritty however I think children should never be taught never even to be heard of this poem.

    Yours faithfully,

    Hadsan. Aged 10.

  • Rookie Emily Smith (12/2/2008 7:20:00 AM)

    Dear Roger McGough

    I am writing to tell you how I feel and what I think of your poem The Lesson. I think that your poem should have been for adults because if a young child reads this, what thoughts will they have in mind? Since I started reading it, it made me feel bad even though you used lots of rhyming words.

    Whilst I was reading it it made me sick therefore I think you shouldn't give this poem to young children, furthermore I think children will be afraid of their teachers.

    On the other hand I thought you worked really hard for this seeing as all the rhyming words you used children will like some of it.
    Even though you used lots of rhyming words which is good I dont think you should have put in the shooting and killing bit.
    My final thought all together: I think your poem was disgusting, rubbish, dross, muck, nonsense, garbage, lumber, rubble, scrap, trash, waste and stupid.

    From

    Hermes. Aged 10

  • Rookie Fred Babbin (11/22/2008 11:55:00 AM)

    Too bad that I can't add you to My Friends list.

  • Rookie Lizzy Murphy (3/8/2006 1:42:00 AM)

    Hi i love your poem Icarus Allsorts. when i read it i could picture in my head what was going on. I had to study this poem and you for a school project and i found the poem very interesting.

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