Monday, 16 July 2012

Day 25: 40 Love

Here's a poem that uses structure and subject matter in an ingenious way to get its theme across. Read it and see. From the witty and wisecracking Roger McGough.

40 - Love - Roger McGough

middle                           aged
couple                           playing
ten                                 nis
when                             the
game                             ends
and                                they
go                                  home
the                                 net
will                                still
be                                  be
tween                            them             

(from Selected Poems (2006, Penguin, London)


  1. Ok, gotta say it: LOVE this one! Really like the structure as well as the content. Very clever indeed. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. I know, I love this one too Mary. Totally cool! Roger Mc Gough writes fantastically clever poems - you should check him out!

  3. Huh, this one is great. Sad but great.

  4. Beautiful shit!

  5. Isn't this poem written by ee cummings????!!!!

    1. Eh no, Roger McGough, like it says. This is clearly not ee Cummings style...

  6. I really love this poem. I think it is the most impressive poem I've ever read. I am actually looking for another similar poem for analysis. Do you have any good recommendations? Thanks a lot!!

  7. You can see Ozymandias

  8. I believe this poem is a true example of how far humans have progressed as a whole from the renaissance era we are now able to transcend what has previously been considered unimaginable. The depth and meaning invoked within these words makes me quiver with delight, and want to hug my children.

    Yours truly,


    1. I concur with your statement Franzino,

      This poem is a true masterpiece, and one that i feel rivals those of the great William Shakeyspeare. i Find relevance and simple beauty within the letters and wpuld highly recommend it to any aspiring poet as an example of the pinnacle of poemism.

      Splendid regards,

      Alberto Fitzgerald

  9. This truly shows how far the human race has come. This work of art, depicts the modern human being's creativity and intelligence


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