Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death - Poem by Roger McGough

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
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Comments about Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough

  • Bisy Untan (12/1/2016 8:19:00 PM)


    Young man ' death is the dream of old man.Wonderful.Beautiful piece! ! (Report) Reply

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  • (12/1/2016 6:29:00 PM)


    Brilliant! No gentle into the night stuff hear, just a hurdy-gurdy blaze of glory, send in the boys from the firing squad, make my death louder then a bomb. I can think of a death but its not pg rated to list here. Love Mr McGough humor and pathos, we are all going to go out why not go out in style! (Report) Reply

  • (12/1/2016 1:01:00 PM)


    Hard to concentrate on poem with that darned recitation. It's okay but I fear Mr McGough will slip from our memory. (Report) Reply

  • Seamus O'brian (12/1/2016 9:04:00 AM)


    I sense here in between these staccato words of bravado a feeling of loss for what the years have already dissipated from the author's life, a bold and almost belligerent defiance to refuse to let anything more slip through his hands.

    It is at once invigorating in its defiance, and poignant in its hinting at underlying fragility.

    Having said that, I hope one day they find my carcass bullet-ridden and dragged through the streets of some clay-walled desert town, having led a convoy of refugees to freedom through a storm of gunfire and rockets.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/1/2016 4:26:00 AM)

    Life and death
    Tiptoe! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Shareq Rahman (11/19/2016 12:20:00 AM)

    Dirty old man.
    When he is 104 he wants to leave his mistress and sleep with her daughter. Viagra will give arythmia at that age. Is there any other secret? (Report) Reply

  • Neptune Barman (10/11/2016 11:01:00 AM)


    Love the poem, its heart touching and practical based poem of our life.It takes us to the feeling of an old person who is on the way to end of the journey of life. (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2016 6:50:00 AM)


    Great poem about wanting to hold onto the "living" side of life until one has to die. (Report) Reply

  • (2/6/2016 6:57:00 PM)


    I have decided to dig his grave and eat his brains (Report) Reply

  • (11/27/2015 10:19:00 AM)


    I have never taken to McGough but formaome reason this touches me. As I am 72 not too surprising! 84227 (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (10/6/2015 3:26:00 PM)


    I love the way he handles words- running them together, chasing them from line to line, and I like that he doesn't want to slip peacefully into the night (Report) Reply

  • Akanhsa Nahar (9/28/2015 4:41:00 AM)


    Live once live young (Report) Reply

    Souren Mondal Souren Mondal (1/13/2016 7:32:00 AM)

    Yes...

  • (7/28/2015 4:12:00 AM)


    Hahaha wana die young too , nice (Report) Reply

  • Phanice Wamukota (7/2/2015 4:10:00 AM)


    haha, #Team-Young-at-heart-and-mind-body-and-soul (Report) Reply

  • Kelly Kurt (4/7/2015 7:25:00 PM)


    I'll have what you're having, Roger (Report) Reply

  • (7/5/2014 3:30:00 AM)


    Beautiful it is to imagine such a death in youth perception. (Report) Reply

  • Captain Herbert Poetry (4/25/2014 7:57:00 AM)


    Artistically and highly poetic. Superb and brilliant (Report) Reply

  • (4/6/2014 1:40:00 AM)


    Death the final journey destined to travel by a human being have been the subject of many poets, novelists, and story tellers in different languages. There is no escape route to avoid the final outcome of life and here lies the importance of religion and other philosophies. The good poet expects a journey of death without the agony of long spell in bed using the services of others who might be not interested in their heart to give sufficient care and attention but to thinking for the death of the patient in his old age which makes a burden to them. He opts and wishes death from guns, or such accidents which is amusing to read. Still death is not in our control or beck and call but decides the factor in several other corners and realities. Opting for a sucide or from the gunshot like situations is surely fearful and any how the subject chosen by the poet is very much interested to read and enjoy and words are very apt. (Report) Reply

  • Patricia Northall (3/5/2014 8:57:00 AM)


    I feel this poem shows Roger's Liverpool ancestry, his sardonic humour, and sums up perfectly
    his take on life. I liked it, the verse writing about the gangsters with tommy guns, while in the barber's chair made me smile. Very clever twist on words in good tumour.
    I liked it very much... Pat Northall
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  • Thomas Vaughan Jones (3/1/2014 2:52:00 PM)


    Roger is the master of disguising his real intentions in a plethora of dialogue. He really wants to live to be 110, while maintaining all of the attributes of a twenty year old. My personal ambition, which is much the same as his, is to be shot in the back, (and I emphasise, in the back,) by a jealous husband as I leap OUT of a bedroom window at 4: 30 in the morning. (Report) Reply



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