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Roger McGough is both a serious and humorous poet. Demonstrate this from the poems you have studied this year.

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Roger McGough is both a serious and humorous poet. Demonstrate this from the poems you have studied this year. Roger McGough was born in Liverpool in 1957. He attended St. Mary's College and then later, went to Hull University. After his education he taught English for three years. He then joined a pop group called Scaffold and played with that group for a number of years in the early 1960's, just as the Beatle's had emerged onto the world's music scene. Since then, McGough has stepped his way up to earning the rightful reputation of being one of Britain's highly acclaimed leading poets, after writing poems since he was around seventeen years old. He received an OBE in 1997 and the Cholmondeley Award for poetry in 1998 .He now lives in Twickenham. His enjoyment of setting his views into poems is recognisable from the unique way he uses words. Fitting some of McGough's pieces into particular categories of serious or humorous can be difficult at times as they can often have a serious topic with a twist of humour in them. A example of this is one of my favourite pieces, ' Here I am' where McGough mulls over his regrets and things he wished he had pursued from the past, not taking action upon his dreams and opportunities, he handles the subject thoughtfully and very effectively I think, but at the same time adding a touch of comedy. ...read more.

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Reading the poem made me feel disgusted with the man for having the audacity to make excuses for his behaviour. Even if the poem so far isn't ghastly enough, after the poem there's a caption from a newspaper that influenced McGough to write the poem in the first place. The article reads...' A thirty five year old woman was raped and assaulted on her way home from a club, she asks a jogger who was passing me for help, but instead of helping the woman, he also rapes her too.' To try and sum up what a horrible crime this is is impossible but McGough does a good job in trying to get into the jogger's mind and the poem is very touching and baffling. 'A Brown Paper Carrier Bag' deals with the on - going situation of violence in Ireland. In this particular incident a bomb is put in a brown paper carrier bag placed on the pavement outside a busy Irish restaurant. I like the effectiveness of this poem a lot as it coincides with the current news stories and displays the events in a dramatic way of putting across how the simple action of placing the bag on the floor can lead to the disastrous consequences that followed. Looking at the humorous poems next and starting off with the poem 'Let Me Die A Young Man's Death' talks about the picturesque and noble way to die, a brave man's death. ...read more.

Conclusion

And reluctantly, George agrees and while the rest of his friends are sunning themselves in the garden, blushing George gives them a performance, 'So he takes extra care as yester heroes must, fire's at a dragonfly, encapsulate, bites the dust'. He then walks back to his friends with his reputation of twenty years still standing tough. The last humorous poem I am analysing is ' Big Arph' which is about a huge forward rugby player, or as McGough puts it, ' A forward and a half'. McGough uses animal images to describe the large man, such as a giraffe in the lineout' and 'A rhino in the pack' and you get the instant impression he's a very large and muscular guy. But we also learn he's a gentle giant when it comes down to that he is capable of running with a soft boiled egg to the halfway line without it being damaged, almost as if he was caressing it gently. And that leads me to my conclusion. After studying twelve of McGough's poems I have discovered that he is fully capable of demonstrating the skills to write both serious and humorous poetry. One side is the serious, curious side which deals with tough and highly sensitive subjects and brings out his serious outlook on life. Then to his other side which is more amusing and deals with his real life experiences with a humorous touch to them. ...read more.

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