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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (25 July 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241962277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241962275
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 0.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Roger McGough was born in Liverpool. He presents the popular BBC Radio 4 programme Poetry Please, and is President of the Poetry Society. He has published many books of poems for adults and children, and following the success of two previous Moliere translations his new version of The Misanthrope debuts at the Liverpool Everyman in spring 2013 before a nationwide tour. He was awarded a CBE in 2005 for his services to literature.


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By Glenn on 30 Aug. 2012
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Roger McGough's latest poetry collection 'As Far As I Know' is typically accessible, witty, nostalgic, linguistically playful, poignant, hilarious, candid, and at times unashamedly sentimental.

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.
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A brilliantly clever set of poems by Mr McGough...funny, thought provoking, invoking....keeps your mind alert with the twisting words and conundrums.....other poets seem to make you feel like you're being held back by your pony tail, not hurtling...but impeding progress
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
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Mr McGough's poetry in this book is touching, beautifully written and crafted. There is an eloquence to his considered use of words and the pathos in them. If you lover Roger McGough, buy this as a valuable addition to your collection. If you don't know his poetry, buy it anyway, you'll enjoy it.
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Roger McGough's latest collection of poems continues with the themes he dealt with in his previous collection "That Awkward Age". Awareness of his own mortality, acceptance of his fate, reminiscences of childhood and his ever-magical play on words make for a safe harbour for the soul. As he puts it:
"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.
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The first volume of poetry I ever bought for myself , when barely a teenager, was 'The Mersey Beat'- Henri, Mitchell & McGough. I have bought a lot more McGough over the years, and they have never failed to delight. He remains accessible, frequently funny, but often with a depth under the immediately entertaining surface. I was also lucky enough to see him perform live a few years ago, and he seemed a genuinely nice man. This volume shows he remains undiminished: viva McGough!
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I am so pleased I have this book , some of the poems are exquisite especially the one called Grandma and the angels
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Yet again, Roger McGough plays with words and ideas and shows he hasn't lost his touch for the imagery he has been creating since the sixties. Brilliant!
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By K. Slater VINE VOICE on 15 Aug. 2013
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I bought thus book for my wife and she likes it a lot - as I do too. Roger McGough is a very funny writer. You can read and re- read his material and enjoy it every time.
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