Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

The Lesson - Poem by Roger McGough

Chaos ruled OK in the classroom
as bravely the teacher walked in
the nooligans ignored him
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Comments about The Lesson by Roger McGough

  • Tom Billsborough (4/17/2016 4:03:00 AM)

    Very funny in a macabre way. My fantasy was always to defenestrate awkward clients. But yours is far too close to reality in view of the appalling shootings in schools. So my suggestion is that the author should withdraw this piece. This is no comment on the quality of the writing which is very good.
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  • John Richter (2/6/2015 11:21:00 AM)

    ...and I thought the paddle was a bit harsh back in my own grade school.... But then Sister Delores was certainly no poet... But I'm certain this would have been in her dreams. (Report) Reply

  • Herbert Guitang Herbert Guitang (4/25/2014 8:05:00 AM)

    the world and nature is the true classroom. I love and like this poem (Report) Reply

  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (4/6/2014 1:53:00 AM)

    The poem in its words of violent approach between the teacher and class students is beyond amusement to an ordinary mind like me and what is the exact definition is not known. (Report) Reply

  • Krishnakumar Chandrasekar Nair (11/8/2013 2:12:00 AM)

    Omi gawd if such teachers we too had
    Survivors would amputees so be
    Whacked and scared so bad
    And yet go to classrooms with shields and guns
    Nay not to fight among-st ourselves
    But for such teachers who come so lethally armed!

    I welcome all ye poets reading this to my page too......... (Report) Reply

  • Abdullah Al Shirawi (9/22/2013 9:49:00 AM)

    its time to reevaluate your teachas people (Report) Reply

  • Vishal Sharma Vishal Sharma (7/25/2013 4:37:00 AM)

    nothing can describe a classroom more than this poem (Report) Reply

  • Dragon Crenshaw Dragon Crenshaw (10/29/2012 3:01:00 PM)

    This poem discribe my old classroom at my old school. I love it. (Report) Reply

  • Dan Consoer (8/29/2012 8:28:00 PM)

    Seems an obvious point here. The teacher's name is life, the universe, everything, or whatever you like. Nothing can be learned, in the end. You can't learn *from* life, only in it. And then you're dead, and you're excused from every future exam. (Report) Reply

  • Baru Gobira (7/25/2010 12:48:00 AM)

    It brought a big smile and I enjoyed it. Extraordinary thought. Your take makes the phrase ' If looks could kill ' graduate with grace to the highest level. May your tribe grow.-Baru Gobira (Report) Reply

  • Martin Widjaja (7/24/2010 6:20:00 PM)

    In ‘The Lesson’, Mcgough attempts to contrast a teacher’s professional ethics with their actual human feelings, a surprising expose of a teachers most inner thoughts, when having to teach a rather unpleasant group of hormonally driven/influenced adolescents. He allows his inner feeling to manifest to a fantasy of revenge on academic vagrants. This is shown with the teacher taking authority without rules in the way he would like to use it, and a reversal of roles taking an unexpected and incongruent result. Overall, I think everyone is looking into the violence rather than the reason behind you. Genius poem really. (Report) Reply

  • Bou Aliyya (7/17/2010 6:00:00 AM)

    As an ex-teacher, I salute you Mr McGoogh. (Report) Reply

  • Yoonoos Peerbocus (5/29/2010 8:59:00 AM)

    fine........................................................... (Report) Reply

  • Pam Lorbes (5/10/2010 6:36:00 AM)

    hi mr.mcgough,
    i've read your poem 'the lesson' and chose it to present to our class on saturday. however, i have some questions for you.
    why did you wrote this poem? who are you addressing here? and what grade level would it be read?
    hope you will answer these sir.
    thank you
    respectfully yours, pam (Report) Reply

  • Lewis Neil Is Awsome (11/4/2009 4:54:00 PM)

    Wow, that was pretty good, but i hear there is this poem called 'Neil is awsome', it was life changing and insperational. Read it and vote it a 10! (Report) Reply

  • Luca Luca (10/6/2009 9:57:00 AM)

    it's an ironic poem. i liked it because it seems like a funny poem, but if you read it with attenction you can understand the real meaning. it speeks about violence and i found it very interesting. after reading this poem i understood that we must be always honest and we have to 'fight' violence with good actions.

    by luca peluso from casalnuovo (Report) Reply

  • Claudio & Daniele Fummo (10/5/2009 4:36:00 PM)

    If it is true that violence comes from our hearts, therefore we must control it.
    We mustn't submit to violence, because man is a creauture of peace, of freedom,
    who can't live imprisoned, enslaved by something.
    Many people can think that violence is an istrument of power, but they are all wrong: violence is the tool of the most poor, of the one who can't go on by dialogue.This shall be our best weapon:
    dialogue, to combat violence, and not violence.
    I think that this is the message that McGough would to teach us with this meaningful poem.

    By The Twins from Casalnuovo, Neaples (Report) Reply

  • Mattia Brognoli (10/5/2009 3:42:00 PM)

    This poem has a base very ironic. The author wants us to enjoy making us also reflect on the real violence in the world such as wars, terrorism and denounced. However, it is very funny even though some may remain more sensitive shocked by this violence ironic. (Report) Reply

  • Vanny Reccia (10/5/2009 1:50:00 PM)

    i was schoking, spechless and disgusting after the reading of the poem, and i think that are extactly the feeling that the author wanted to create in us. The poet want say us that we are continuasly sorraunded by violence, that is every day mach more waidspread and somethis because of her spread a lot of people respond to it with more violence. what was the techer extactly doing in the poem, responding to his bad-temperated students with the violence. We must be always good, honest and disgusting by violence not indefferent to it

    kiss vany =) (Report) Reply

  • Markus Marco (10/5/2009 1:09:00 PM)

    i think that this poem is very beautiful and very important because it expresses an important thing ' the violence' beacuse, every day violence is everywhere and everydays we listen a lot of things about violence. (Report) Reply

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