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

  • (2/23/2014 10:23:00 AM)


    Works for me when my time comes - which is shortly. (Report) Reply

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  • Melikhaya Zagagana (1/18/2014 7:32:00 AM)


    beautiful creation i like it thanks! (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (12/21/2013 9:55:00 PM)


    Morally and sensibly shocking. Yet artistically, a well-written poem. (Report) Reply

  • Valentin Savin (12/10/2013 11:42:00 AM)


    Let's live long and happy, as well as safe and sound all our life. Let it be a 100 or over. (Report) Reply

  • (12/2/2013 10:30:00 PM)


    This poem was not meant to take what those who die young have but rather to state that he doesn't want to be an old man devoid of his passions and slowly sputtering out of existence. I think it is a marvelous poem. Not only is it well written but far from the crude poem that people keep commenting on it is a rebellion against what society expects of him in his ld age. The poem is not just about dying if you look he is talking about how he wants to be living even at his latest years not a wise saint but as he has been, trouble. Basically it is better to burn out than to fade away. (Report) Reply

    Virginia Thompson (1/31/2015 7:00:00 PM)

    At least that's what Neil Young sings.............

  • (12/2/2013 10:28:00 PM)


    This poem was not meant to take what those who die young have but rather to state that he doesn't want to be an old man devoid of his passions and slowly sputtering out of existence. I think it is a marvelous poem. Not only is it well written but far from the crude poem that people keep commenting on it is a rebellion against what society expects of him in his ld age. The poem is not just about dying if you look he is talking about how he wants to be living even at his latest years not a wise saint but as he has been, trouble. Basically it is better to burn out than to fade away. (Report) Reply

    Virginia Thompson (1/31/2015 7:00:00 PM)

    That's what Neil Young sings anyways.................

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/8/2013 2:06:00 AM)


    At 114 they would have taken you
    For winking at the city mayors daughter
    Then given a reading from some holy book
    Till you asked for mercy and some water..........

    All ye poets reading this welcome to my page too
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  • (8/24/2013 12:33:00 PM)


    In honor of the ever wonderful Roger McGough*:

    Let Me Die a Henry Youngman's Death

    Take my life—please.

    - - - - - - - -

    * I just discovered Henry Youngman was born in Liverpool too. Small world.
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  • (6/23/2013 6:06:00 PM)


    Hang me from
    The highest tree
    If hanging be my destiny
    So at the moment
    That I die
    You'll know I went
    With head held high

    Andy Morris
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  • (5/8/2013 2:54:00 AM)


    This is an ugly poem a, a stupid poem, a hellish poem - but an artistically, undeniably really damn good poem nevertheless. (Report) Reply

  • (4/13/2013 2:07:00 PM)


    Il grow old{i hope} but never up.Saw Him at the playhouse recently and was pleasantly suprised.Great to hear itrecieted. (Report) Reply

  • Justin Gonzalez (1/12/2013 4:37:00 AM)


    I love this guy, his mind is in the right place.: P (Report) Reply

  • (11/1/2012 1:08:00 PM)


    woow that shocked me (Report) Reply

  • (9/11/2012 8:37:00 AM)


    what an attitude! lovely! (Report) Reply

  • (4/24/2012 12:32:00 PM)


    This poem causes resentment to well up inside me. Not that I want it to, its a great poem. My indignation comes from knowing how it feels to lose a young man to a young man's life. He was 28. A long life has its own privileges, and price. How dare it feel it the right to turn what is a young man's price into its cherry on top. (Report) Reply

  • Matt Mooney (1/19/2012 10:17:00 AM)


    Found your 'Waving at Trains' in a café bookstore in Bondi Beach and loved it. The ingrained humour in this poem is another example of how you turn the serious side of life away from us and yet heighten the meaningfulness of the message in the poem. (Report) Reply

  • (7/17/2010 6:07:00 AM)


    When I was 20 I took this poem as my motto.
    Today, at 64 and sitting in a hostel in the old city part of Kashgar on the Silk Road, in sweltering temperatures - it's STILL my motto.

    Is it still yours, Roger and, if so, what are you doing about it?
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  • (2/15/2010 8:38:00 AM)


    very good, its very intersting. i liked it. (Report) Reply

  • (8/24/2009 5:39:00 AM)


    This poem made me chuckle, and, what's more, I agree! (Report) Reply

  • (8/10/2009 3:50:00 AM)


    Thanks for the giggle for a real funny poem enjoy everyday
    regards
    uavanice1
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