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Gladsongs and GatheringsPoetry and its Social Context in Liverpool since the 1960s$
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Stephen Wade

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853237273

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846313196

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The Arrival of McGough

The Arrival of McGough

(p.7) The Arrival of McGough
Gladsongs and Gatherings

Stephen Wade

Liverpool University Press

This chapter examines the career of Roger McGough. His first poem was published in Tomorrow magazine (1959) while he was still at college, and since then he began writing long, symbolic poetry in the style of Rimbaud. McGough describes the Rimbaudesque poems as ‘visionary and quasi-religious’, and his enjoyment and satisfaction with this early writing gave him the certainty that writing was his vocation. In the 1960s he began writing and performing for television and also ventured into musical recording.

Keywords:   Roger McGough, poems, poetry, Rimbaud, writers

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