This book focuses on the literary and social identity of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough, and Brian Patten – also known as the Mersey Poets – whose work was considered irreverent and sardonic, and occupied a central niche in twentieth-century British poetry, symbolising the pop poetry movement of the period. The Mersey Poets first shot to prominence in 1967, when Tony Richardson of Penguin Books featured them in the highly prestigious Penguin Modern Poets series. The book, titled The Mersey Sound would be a big break for the three Liverpool poets. They had distinct and widely differing achievements: McGough was known for his economy, edge, and unblinkered concerns; Henri for his preserving benevolence; and Patten for his straight-talking, sheer metaphysical charge.
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