Who is Roger Mcgough

Roger Joseph McGough (; born 9 November 1937) is an English poet, performance poet, broadcaster, children's author and playwright. He presents the BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, as well as performing his own poetry. McGough was one of the leading members of the Liverpool poets, a group of young poets influenced by Beat poetry and the popular music and culture of 1960s Liverpool. He is an honorary fellow of Liverpool John Moores University, fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and President of the Poetry Society.

Early life

McGough was born in Litherland, Lancashire, on the outskirts of Liverpool, to Roger Francis, a docker, and Mary (McGarry) McGough. His ancestry is Irish and he was raised in the Roman Catholic faith. He was a pupil at St Mary's Colleg...
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Roger Mcgough Poems

  • 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 ...
  • 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 ...
  • Mrs Moon
    Mrs Moon
    sitting up in the sky
    little old lady
    rock-a-bye ...
  • Survivor
    I think about dying.
    About disease, starvation,
    violence, terrorism, war, ...
  • The Identification
    So you think its Stephen?
    Then I'd best make sure
    Be on the safe side as it were.
    Ah, theres been a mistake. The hair ...
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Away 4 Hair 3 Black 2 Teacher 2 Home 2 Children 2 Night 2 Father 2 Short 2 Clean 2

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Drowning is not so pitiful
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Drowning is not so pitiful
As the attempt to rise
Three times, 'tis said, a sinking man
Comes up to face the skies,
And then declines forever
To that abhorred abode,

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