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Starting with that final of these many listed and other attributes, the poem 'To Sentimentality' confronts this confessional frailty with charm and humour,
'Tears for the father giving away the bride
Tears for the snowman in the rain outside
Two Cs and a D and I'm bursting with pride'
McGough has always had the knack of wrapping the familiar and simple in pleasing rhyme, but also to make these everyday factors meaningful in their honest presentation and/or celebration.Read more ›
"Take comfort from this/ You have a book in your hand/Not a loaded gun or a parking fine."
McGough leaves us with this sense of comfort by never seeming to refer to the all-too-present menaces and anxieties of the modern world. But beware: he is not offering escape, merely a temporary refuge from our predicament.In the poem "Defence", he shows that he is fully aware of political matters. In the splendidly evocative poem about childhood "Another Time, Another Place", he shows his understanding of how childhood memory can deceive and disturb at the same time. His "intimations of mortality", to paraphrase Wordsworth, are shown at their most poignant in "Not for Me a Youngman's Death", which is a follow-up to his famous "Let Me Die a Young Man's Death". Roger now owns up to the fact that death is not so romantic after all and that of young men even less so:
"Not a gun in hand,in a far-off land,
IED at the roadside, death."
Yet, through his sad acceptance of the march of time, He can still make us smile, as seen in "And So to Bed", which shows the famous McGough wit to be as potent as ever.Go on, get some comfort and buy this book.
as you try to understand their work, not Mr McGough tho...his cleverly simplistic words leave you eagerly reading the book from cover to cover, wishing you had thought of those collections of sentences....wishing you were that clever..... highly HIGHLY recommended
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An interesting mix of humour,melancholy and wry observationsPublished 15 months ago by John Stuart Grey
It made me feel like laughing. It made me feel like crying. I did neither because I was too busy thinking.
Brilliant, seriously stimulating poetry
RMcG at his entertaining best. Really enjoyed reading over and over again. Such accurate observations on life all presented in his great style.Published on 3 Jun. 2014 by Martin Smits
Gave it as a gift and recipient was thrilled - McGough still does it. He has always been a peoples poet.Published on 23 Feb. 2014 by M. J. Jones
Roger McGough's insightful and humorous skill is as strong as ever. Even the front cover (and the eponymous poem) have a poetic ambiguity!Published on 13 Sept. 2013 by Mr. David J. Silk