poet Roger McGough

Roger McGough

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McGough was born in Litherland, Lancashire, to the north of Liverpool, the city with which he is firmly associated, and was educated at the University of Hull at a time when Philip Larkin was the librarian there. Returning to Merseyside in the early 1960s, he worked as a teacher and, with John Gorman, organised arts events. After meeting Mike McGear the trio formed The Scaffold, working the Edinburgh Festival until they signed to Parlophone records in 1966. The group scored several hit records, reaching number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968 with their version of "Lily The Pink". McGough wrote the lyrics for many of the group's songs and also recorded the musical comedy/poetry ... more »

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  • Alison Mujati (9/26/2020 7:16:00 AM)

    Fair enough....good poems

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (9/15/2020 11:07:00 PM)

    WOW! The univrsity of Hull, Hull, I have been there, a cutest village near Lonbdon
    Long time gone I had been there, indeed to that University too, where you had your education, Roger Sir. Please, create few more poems, thank you so much for sharing these few poems here on PH, Roger Sir. God's Blessings in Abundance.

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  • Is Trees are Great a poem by by Roger Mcgough? (5/16/2020 1:01:00 PM)

    The poem begins Trees are Great, they just stand and wait

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  • Michael Walker (10/1/2019 8:06:00 PM)

    A poet who observes the small but significant details of life,
    sometimes in a humorous way. When i start reading his poems,
    I wonder what the ending will be. Roger McGough is like an entertainer.

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Best Poem of Roger McGough

The Lesson

Chaos ruled OK in the classroom
as bravely the teacher walked in
the nooligans ignored him
his voice was lost in the din

'The theme for today is violence
and homework will be set
I'm going to teach you a lesson
one that you'll never forget'

He picked on a boy who was shouting
and throttled him then and there
then garrotted the girl behind him
(the one with grotty hair)

Then sword in hand he hacked his way
between the chattering rows
'First come, first severed' he declared
'fingers, feet or toes'

He threw the sword at a ...

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