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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
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 fearing for her son
cut me up into little pieces
and throw away every piece but one

Let me die a youngman's death
not a free from sin tiptoe in
candle wax and waning death
not a curtains drawn by angels borne
'what a nice way to go' death


Comments about Let Me Die A Youngman's Death by Roger McGough

  • Rookie - 160 Points CHINONSO IGWE (7/5/2017 4:15:00 AM)

    nice one, i think the contradiction used in this poem makes it a little more of a dirge (Report) Reply

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  • Bronze Star - 2,286 Points Suresh Raavi (6/23/2017 7:58:00 PM)

    Good narration. nice poem (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 905 Points Alwi Shatry (6/18/2017 11:23:00 PM)

    No escaping the fact that Death has the last say on how we depart, except when we take our lives. Even in the latter case, if you believe in Destiny, Death still has the last word. Thought-provoking write, though. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Death

  1. 1. Let Me Die A Youngman's Death , Roger McGough
  2. 2. And Death Shall Have No Dominion , Dylan Thomas
  3. 3. Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  4. 4. Death Is Nothing At All , Henry Scott Holland
  5. 5. Because I Could Not Stop For Death , Emily Dickinson
  6. 6. A Refusal To Mourn The Death, By Fire, O.. , Dylan Thomas
  7. 7. Nothing But Death , Pablo Neruda
  8. 8. Father Death Blues , Allen Ginsberg
  9. 9. A Poet's Death Is His Life Iv , Khalil Gibran
  10. 10. A Death Blow Is A Life Blow To Some , Emily Dickinson
  11. 11. An Irish Airman Forsees His Death , William Butler Yeats
  12. 12. A Dream Of Death , William Butler Yeats
  13. 13. The Death Of The Ball Turret Gunner , Randall Jarrell
  14. 14. After Death , Sara Teasdale
  15. 15. Death Xxvii , Khalil Gibran
  16. 16. The Beauty Of Death Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  17. 17. Death Wants More Death , Charles Bukowski
  18. 18. A City's Death By Fire , Derek Walcott
  19. 19. Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  20. 20. A Funeral Poem On The Death Of C. E. An .. , Phillis Wheatley
  21. 21. Death Leaves Us Homesick, Who Behind , Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. On The Death Of A Young Lady Of Five Yea.. , Phillis Wheatley
  23. 23. A Ballad Of Death , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  24. 24. Gacela Of The Dark Death , Federico García Lorca
  25. 25. The Death Of Joy Gardner , Benjamin Zephaniah
  26. 26. For The Anniversary Of My Death , William Stanley Merwin
  27. 27. On The Death Of That Most Excellent Lady, , Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz
  28. 28. A Thought For A Lonely Death-Bed , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  29. 29. I Have A Rendezvous With Death , Alan Seeger
  30. 30. Go Down, Death , James Weldon Johnson
  31. 31. Death &Amp; Fame , Allen Ginsberg
  32. 32. First Death In Nova Scotia , Elizabeth Bishop
  33. 33. On Death , Anne Killigrew
  34. 34. On The Death Of Anne Brontë , Charlotte Brontë
  35. 35. The Death Of The Hired Man , Robert Frost
  36. 36. Death Fugue , Paul Celan
  37. 37. Love &Amp; Fame &Amp; Death , Charles Bukowski
  38. 38. Fugue Of Death , Paul Celan
  39. 39. As At Thy Portals Also Death , Walt Whitman
  40. 40. On Hearing Of A Death , Rainer Maria Rilke
  41. 41. If Death Is Kind , Sara Teasdale
  42. 42. All But Death, Can Be Adjusted , Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. Hymns To The Night : 6 : Longing For Death , Novalis
  44. 44. Death , William Butler Yeats
  45. 45. Death , Heinrich Heine
  46. 46. On Death , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  47. 47. Holy Sonnet X: Death Be Not Proud , John Donne
  48. 48. On The Death Of A Youn Gentleman , Phillis Wheatley
  49. 49. Ode On The Death Of A Favourite Cat Drow.. , Thomas Gray
  50. 50. Death Of A Cockroach , Robert William Service
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