Roger McGough

(November 9 - 1937 / Liverpool / England)

The Trouble with Snowmen


'The trouble with snowmen,'
Said my father one year
'They are no sooner made
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  • James Rowlinson (10/10/2014 4:00:00 AM)

    I agree with Helena Pearce, I think the beauty of a snowman is in it's ephemeral quality. In fact I think this is about appreciation of beauty. After going out with someone for so long, you often don't appreciate their beauty as much as you did when you first met them. The appreciation of beauty fades with familiarity. (Report) Reply

  • Brian Leslie (12/29/2009 3:05:00 PM)

    His troubled relationship with a remote and distant father are well dramatized here. He remains unable to separate the joys of childhood from the painful acceptance of broken promises but is acutely aware that the clock is ticking and the past cannot be re built. (Report) Reply

  • Helena Pearce (6/18/2008 5:44:00 AM)

    actually i think that this poem is more about constancy: Mcgough seems to be commenting that the snowman his father made is flawed because of its permanence, and beauty can be more appreciated when it is mortal or has a time limit (like the normal snowmen) . (Report) Reply

  • Yousef Al-Janabi (8/6/2007 8:14:00 PM)

    Is McGough saying that the influence of his father is deeply etched into his soul and he sometimes wishes it wasnt. is this about the lingering figure of his father in the backdropp of his life kinda thing. to tired to write anymore right now, but need to know the answer to this

    ysf (Report) Reply

  • Christina Molloy (4/22/2007 11:08:00 AM)

    what can i say?

    it is so lovely and child-like in a way - a real art - the language of the heart.
    poignant without sentimentality.

    lovely poet - lovely man (Report) Reply

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