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General Analysis Of 'the Examination', By Roger Mc Gough

589 words - 2 pages

In this poem, Roger McGough presents metaphorically the difficult life of a modern-day poet, his attempt to appeal to the public his work whilst also managing to please the critics.The poem opens with McGough asking a ‘doctor’ for his opinion on a recently written poem. This ‘doctor’ or ‘publisher/critic’, as we would assume in a non-poetic sense, goes on to ‘stab a cold finger into the poem’s heart’- which suggest metaphorically that this ‘surgeon’ is dissecting McGough’s work. This is well illustrated, for in reality, McGough’s life; his future as a poet, is in this ‘publisher’s hands. Furthermore, in using such a sinister overtone he describes the critic’s cold, analytical nature. It is in this period of the examination of his poem that he reveals the first signs of stress and anxiety, evident by McGough’s portrayal of the clock ticking ‘nervously’ and the fact that his ‘palms’ began to ‘sweat. Much like a doctor being unable to cure an illness and save one’s life, this publisher is unable to accept the written poem, thus triggering McGough’s road to death.The poem (as stated before), generally describes the difficult life of a modern-day poet, whose potential for success has been considerably hindered over the past 100 years, with other forms of entertainment such as television, recorded music, and radio having taken up some of the spotlight. He states in the third stanza that he ‘was to remain one of the all-time great unknown poets’, which is an obvious implementation of irony- for he is but one of many poets who have tried and failed in their quest for recognition in the world of entertainment. Regardless, this is unfortunate for McGough, for his poetry is an integral part of him. A...

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