Roger McGough

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Roger McGough Biography

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 McGea ...

Roger McGough Poems

Let Me Die A Youngman's Death

Let me die a youngman's death
not a clean and inbetween
the sheets holywater death
not a famous-last-words

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

First Day At School

A millionbillionwillion miles from home
Waiting for the bell to go. (To go where?)
Why are they all so big, other children?
So noisy? So much at home they

You And I

I explain quietly. You
hear me shouting. You
try a new tack. I
feel old wounds reopen.


I think about dying.
About disease, starvation,
violence, terrorism, war,

Roger McGough Comments

Fathima Nasuha 02 September 2011

hi iam a speech and drama student and one of my selections for my performance exam is one of your poems 'Learning to Read' Which is very beautiful n emotional when u recite it. i like the poem very much and that was reason to choose your poem for my selections.therefore can you help me in giving more tips about this poem. what made you write this kind of a poem and what it means for you? ? ? ? ?

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Shatha Alsaadi 29 March 2012

Dear McGough, I am a phD student writing about your poems, Liverpool poets, I feel neon lights come to me when I read nearly all your poems, but what amuses me more is the poem entitled strangeways: where Granny's canary revolt till gran carries out major reforms. Even canaries can not stand the beautiful cage. Thank you so much. Shatha Alsaadi

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Raul Alvarez 09 November 2009

Dear Mr Roger. It is a pleassure write some lines to you. I am a EFL student from Venezuela and I have an assignment for my British Literature course. My homework is to analyse a poem under the author's point of view. I have to analyse 'You and I'. Thanks in advance if you can help me interpret the poem mentioned, what motivated you to write it and what it means for you.

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Sathyanarayana M V S 26 September 2009

Respected Sir, I read your poem ' Let me die a young man's death'. It was great and I understand that the said poem is amongst the 50 all time great poems. I wish you give some lessons to young poets like me and help us hone our skills. With humble regards,

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Rob Milne 09 December 2013

Can you include more of Roger McGough's poems on your website. Memorable poems include On Picnics, A Square Dance, and What you are. Thanks and Regards, Rob Milne

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Kumarmani Mahakul 22 November 2020

Roger McGough who is ranked #23 on top 500 poets on date 23 November 2020 is an amazing poem of brilliance and beauty. He has written many beautiful poems which are liked by the readers. We feel is essence of writing.

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Alison Mujati 26 September 2020

Fair enough....good poems

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Sylvia Frances Chan 15 September 2020

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

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thanks 16 May 2020

Is Trees are Great by Roger McGough?

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