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Collected Poems [Paperback]

Roger McGough
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25 Nov 2004

Roger McGough is one of Britain's best loved poets and this collection 'charts [his] passage from youthful exuberance to the wry reflection of his later years. What remains the same throughout the 40 years is the poet's winning wit, accessibility and abiding readability' Independent ----------------------------------

'Time has confirmed ... that McGough's talent was much more substantial than many of his long-forgotten detractors suspected. If he was a pop poet it was not in any ephemeral sense. A shy extrovert ... he has given voice to poetry and found a voice of his own which is humourful, introspective, irreverent, easy on the ear, conversational. It is also memorable and enduring and fresh. Age has not withered [his lines] nor diminished their potency. Of how much modern poetry can you say that?' Sunday Herald

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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141014555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141014555
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

'The patron saint of poetry' (according to Carol Ann Duffy), Roger McGough was born in Liverpool, the son of a docker, and attended Hull University. In the '60s he had a brief flirtation with the pop world as a member of the Scaffold. He has been one of Britain's most popular poets for over 40 years, and has written many books for children and adults. His Selected Poems, entitled Blazing Fruit, is a bestselling poetry title on the Penguin backlist. He lives in Barnes, south-west London, with his wife and two youngest children.

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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 12 May 2004
By J. Ball
I bought this as a gift.I started reading . . . now I have to buy another.I've never considered myself a poetry fan, but these are so enjoyable and easy to read.If you fancy something different and don't think you like poetry you should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry for the People 2 Dec 2009
Roger McGough stepped onto the scene with Brian Patten and Adrian Henri with their Mersey Sound anthology in 1967. Liverpool had become a creative whirlpool of music thanks to the Beatles, and poetry was suddenly pulled from the echelons of academia and inserted back into the street by this trio of poets. At least, that's how I see McGough's work, as poetry for the people.

This volume contains poems from his collections beginning with The Mersey Sound and ending with the 2002 collection Everyday Eclipses. There are also 6 previously unpublished poems.

Nothing is too small or simple for McGough's poetry to touch, and no more is this dedication to the ordinary and everyday clearer than in the eponymous poem Everyday Eclipses:

The hamburger flipped across the face of the bun
The Frisbee winning the race against its own shadow

McGough is not just a poet, but a trickster, a gambler, a joker, a juggler, a punner: there is no escape for the English language as words and phrases tumble and swing like acts in a circus. The results are often laugh out loud funny, like clowns for the sake of sheer fun; others will leave you fearful and gasping like the feats of the acrobats; and others still, like giants and bearded ladies, are just plain odd, ridiculous even.

If poetry is popular speech; the drunken words thrown around in pubs; you and I walking down the street: then Roger McGough is its voice, and this anthology one of its greatest collections.

Love Cycle (from Everyday Eclipses)

Up against the wall
Locked in passionate embrace
our two bicycles
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful! 12 Mar 2010
By Strat
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Roger's observations on life, reflected in poetry are second to none. I am in awe of the man and wish I had just a tad of his talent! Recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Scalpel sharp 4 April 2011
By Andy Millward VINE VOICE
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I always did love Roger McGough. Saw him perform with Messrs Henri and Patten many years ago, and will be seeing him again at the Southbank Centre in June 2011! :) This is a great collected volume, demonstrating for perhaps the first time McGough's sheer versatility in handling almost any topic for any audience, and that the wit, drollery and deftness of touch for which he is famed often masks very acutely-observed comments on topics of great concern, spoken with depth of understanding rarely matched by allegedly weightier poets. For all the occasional silliness (including the many poems for children), there are tough nuggets of truth within McGough poets that stand out a mile.

For example, I have still never seen a poem describing the truth of relationships better than 'You & I'; 'Unlucky for Some', subtitled '13 voices from a woman's hostel in Soho, 1979', is as heart rending as any verse you will ever read; and McGough's legendary dissection of a 1960's Liverpool girl, 'Valerie' is scalpel-sharp, even in 2011. These are but three examples, though there is something everyone can appreciate within this fine collection. Warmly recommended to one and all. :)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetic Genius 11 Nov 2012
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I decided to buy this anthology of poems when I heard Roger McGough on the radio just before the Olympics. He talked about his work and how he believed poetry shouldn't just be for the elite but should be accessible to the masses. This collection certainly is that and covers a period of 40 years. For poets who like to keep their feet on the ground and not in the clouds this book is an absolute gem. Funny, sad, poignant and still topical and relevant there's more than enough within for everyone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Captivating poetry 1 July 2011
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A refreshing read. Poetry from unexpected angles. Everything you would expect from Roger McGough; funny, sad, serious but most of all, addictive reading. This is poetry which you can read when you really don't feel in the mood for reading poetry.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Got to love the humour and pathos of RM 14 May 2014
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A joy of a collection. I just love Roger McGough so I am somewhat biased I suppose. If you want to get to know the author there is probably no better introduction than this anthology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Poetry of Life 7 April 2014
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Very funny at times and a reflection of the human existence. Many of the poems will be familiar to readers.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Always Brilliant!
I have long been a fan of McGough and this collection is a brilliant summary of his best works. Wonderful!
Published 6 months ago by Graham Kendall
5.0 out of 5 stars A poetry book like no other!
Roger McGough has a great talent ! His poetry entertains,observes,amuses and makes the reader think,The poems cover so many subjects and aspects of life. Read more
Published 11 months ago by KIM LEWIS
5.0 out of 5 stars The Life Of A Poet In His Own Works
An excellent publication which charts in the poet's own words a development from angry young man with humour to wise witty and wry . Read more
Published 14 months ago by jfbrum
5.0 out of 5 stars Collected Poems - Roger McGough
Book arrived in excellent condition - I had ordered it for a friend and she was very thrilled also. She doesn't own a computer.
Published 14 months ago by Wendy Hartwright
5.0 out of 5 stars Collected Poems - THE Roger McGough
This book was no surprise at all as I knew exactly what to expect and it really does deliver. Roger is funny and thought provoking and this book has something for everyone. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Philomena Sedgwick
5.0 out of 5 stars still readign it
this is good book deliverd fast and well wrapted
thats all i can think of and the more words law is gettign a bit boring
Published 20 months ago by r howard
5.0 out of 5 stars A good mixture of poetry
Have bought this book for my granddaughter for christmas so I hope she doesn't read this! Having read selected extracts I can't wait for her to read it so that I can peruse it in... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Collette M. Edwards
4.0 out of 5 stars Mr McGough was indeed a good buy
definitely a good purchase. This was an ex library book in really good condition. I cant believe how little the library initially sold it for -(what an insult to Roger McGough). Read more
Published on 25 Feb 2011 by Richard
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