Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Comments about Roger McGough

  • Rookie - 0 Points Dj Sourpatch (2/2/2015 11:55:00 AM)

    DUDe Flame me bruh cmon bruh

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  • Rookie - 37 Points Swagger Mcjagger (1/30/2015 11:44:00 AM)

    Roger McGough? More like Roger McGough away.

  • 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 - 177 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.


    Hermes. Aged 10

Best Poem of Roger McGough

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words
peaceful out of breath death

When I'm 73
and in constant good tumour
may I be mown down at dawn
by a bright red sports car
on my way home
from an allnight party

Or when I'm 91
with silver hair
and sitting in a barber's chair
may rival gangsters
with hamfisted tommyguns burst in
and give me a short back and insides

Or when I'm 104
and banned from the Cavern
may my mistress
catching me in bed with her daughter
and ...

Read the full of Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

First Day At School

A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they
Must have been born in uniform
Lived all their lives in playgrounds
Spent the years inventing games
That don't let me in. Games
That are rough, that swallow you up.

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