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Hidden Words: Collected Poems

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Joseph Ltd; 1st Edition edition (19 April 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0718136152
  • ISBN-13: 978-0718136154
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 1.8 x 20.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 695,626 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Spike Milligan was born in India in 1918, and was the star of the infamous Goon Shows. He has written many books, including a series of humorous war memoirs and most recently a number of re-workings of famous books. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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By A Customer on 29 Dec. 1999
Format: Paperback
I bought this book on the strength of one poem spike read on "an audience with......" on ITV. It managed to shut Rolf Harris up for a bit so u can imagine its brilliance, it went like so: This evening in the twilights gloom, A Butterfly flew in my room, Oh what beauty, Oh what grace, Who needs visitors from outer space?
To my complete satisfaction the rest of the book was in a similarly superb, and digestable vein. Some of the poems written for his daughter are awe inspiring, and in such stark contrast to some of the deeply black peaces earlier in the book it comes as quite a shock.
Dont be put off by its flimsy appearence, this book will be the best £5 you've ever spent.
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By A Customer on 27 Oct. 1998
Format: Paperback
Spike Milligan seems to have been afforded legend status in England for his comic genius. It is only when you read this book that you can begin to understand the source of his often baffling irreverence. The book in itself is a masterpiece of diversity. It effortlessly switches from writings about his manic depression to soapbox type rants to the childish verse he wrote for his kids for which he has become well known.
This book is almost more autobiographical than his famous war memoirs. It certainly gives you a rarely seen insight into his life. If you are a lover of Spike Milligan buy this book, If you are a lover of poetry, buy this book, if you want to laugh out loud and then be humbled, buy this book.
It is in essence a masterpiece. A book no fan of Hughes, Sasoon, or Dahl should be without.
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Growing up in England Spike Milligan was a household name in comedy; crazy, insane comedy.
In my early twenties I found a little orange poetry book - Small Dreams of a Scorpion, by Spike Milligan. I couldn't believe the same man I had laughed at all my growing years was the author. I couldn't put it down.
This book will make you smile, it will make you cry and it will make you think. I have never stopped thinking of his words - I can feel them now.
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As the poems in this book are from such a long period of time, they are also mentally very varied. All in all, it is indeed a book that will make you laugh and cry. Occasionally even both simultaneously.
Some poems are beautifully simple and charming, while others may strive for more complexity of ideas and imagery. For Spike fans, a treasure to be valued, as it gives a very diverse picture of him. It is a good book to read in any state of mind - you are sure to find a thought or two.
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I knew Spike Milligan could make me laugh - I didn't know he could also make me cry.
This collection of poems will take you right through the whole gamut of emotion from amusement to heart-rending anguish.
Spike is a poet who will make you think, make you see things in a way you never considered, and never thought possible - and if you have a heart, he will break it for you. 'Growing Up II' has to be one of the saddest poems ever written.
If I had any influence at all, I'd make sure Spike's poetry was taught in every school in the land.
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I HAVE READ THIS BOOK TIME AND TIME AGAIN, I HAVE FOUND IT INSPIRING. I WAS ABLE TO RELATE TO SPIKE AS I HAVE HAD SIMILAR EXPERIENCES IN MY LIFE. SPIKE IS ABLE TO SHOW LIFE IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT THROUGH HIS WRITING. AS A PERSON WHOM HAS BEEN INSPIRED IN MY OWN WRITTING OF POETRY I RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.
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All round excellent. To read this WILL lift your spitits, make you think, cry, hug everyone - and every emotion in between. You can really relate to almost everything this man wrote - he was a fabulous comedian (we all know that), but the raw emotion he wrote with sometimes gets forgotten. Some of the poems are so simple you laugh out loud. Others you want to reach out and hug your nearest and dearest because you can feel the pain of the words written. A truly and deeply emotional set of writing. From a man who showed the world first and foremost how to laugh.
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This delightful book gives an insight further into this complex but very open & honest genius of a man. These poems are very touching & showed his extreme sensitivity, especially the love of his children. Marvellous!
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