The Mersey Sound

The Mersey Sound I Wanted Your Soft VergesBut You Gave Me The Hard Shoulder The Mersey Sound Brought Poetry Down From The Shelf And On To The Street, Capturing The Mood Of The Sixties And Speaking To Real Lives With Its Irreverent, Wry, Freewheeling Verses Of Young Love, Petrol Pump Attendants, CND Leaflets And Bus Journey Capers Bringing Together The Hugely Influential Work Of Adrian Henri, Roger McGough And Brian Patten The Liverpool Poets This Perennially Beloved Volume Is The Bestselling Poetry Anthology Of All Time Now, For Its Fiftieth Anniversary, This Edition Restores The Original Text Of The Book As It First Appeared In Energetic, Raw And A True Record Of Its Era

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  • Paperback
  • 143 pages
  • The Mersey Sound
  • Adrian Henri
  • English
  • 01 June 2017
  • 9780141189260

10 thoughts on “The Mersey Sound

  1. says:

    There is a poem in this collection that sums it perfectly fine, Me , by Adrian Henri It stars with the question If you weren t you, who would you like to be , and, after a list of dozens of artists, ends up saying last of all me.

  2. says:

    My grandfather was an evacuee from Liverpool They sent him to a family in Aberystwyth that spoke minimal English he spoke no Welsh Somehow it all turned out well He stayed, married, had two kids, and opened a barber s on Eastgate Street The night he retired my brother and I were tasked with clearing out all the old magazines under the chairs, the odd book Some of the comics were still priced in shillings The last thing to go was this book Who were the Mersey Sound I asked him I assumed they d been a band His thick, woolly eyebrows knitted together for a moment, then parted again A bunch of twps dimwits Throw the tatty thing away I never did read it Now I have So have entire generations of readers over a million copies have been sold to date When people speak of the Liverpool Poets even today, an argument often follows Opinions about their achievement seem to rest literally on where you stand Call this simplistic but in my experience, if you pronounce bath as barth , you tend to think they were talentless louts cashing in on the Beatles success the prolier than thou forefathers of hack spit Performance Poetry If you pronounce it bath , you re likely to see them as a breath of fresh air, crackling with youthful vitality, free of affectation, hell bent on mending the ruined bridge between poetry and the reading public.At the time It must have seemed radical The poets subjects were jazz, having a good time, girlfriends, fish and chip shops, bus conductresses, coffee bars, and dotty aunts Some of the poems read like unfinished songs Adrian Henri s particularly Songs and poems are similar, but not the same Poems needs to work on the page before they works their magic anywhere else I rate Henri the least, though Love is still stands out Roger McGough is by far the most polished of the poets, and with a wider range His work rarely larks about, and is that rare thing in British poetry genuinely moving Two poems, Sad Aunt Madge and Snipers He knows damn well he s still at war just that the snipers aren t Japs any are wonderful They tell a story they immerse you deftly but completely in ordinary lives Let Me Die a Youngman s Death has attained proverbial status in Britain If a classic is a work that endures, then this poem alone outdoes Ian Hamilton s entire life s work.Brian Patten is the most knowing poet, which rarely plays to his advantage It s interesting to note how his better poems, like A Talk with a Wood and Travelling between Places are also this simplest, and value feeling over mere second guessing.So were the Liverpool Poets necessary I think so Were they a new direction or a cul de sac By and large, the latter Did they write at least some poems that move, that have lasted Absolutely.

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    I picked up on this collection after the BBC4 documentary Sex, Chips Poetry.I m pleased to say that I am a firm fan of Roger McGough and have a newfound appreciation of Brian Patten but am sorry to say Adrian Henri does nothing for me.While McGough and Patten are thoughtful and droll in their respective verse, I found Henri s writing brash, stilted in its list formats and creepy in its portrayal of schoolgirls.That being said, generally the shorter pieces had greater impact while the longer poems almost lost me entirely.All in all though I can see why The Mersey Sound was so influential in getting poetry back in vogue and am pleased to find some of the verse timeless even half a decade on.Notable PoemsAdrian Henri Galactic Lovepoem I love the idea of reaching out and switching planets off.Roger McGough My Busconductor such a sad circumstantial story in verse.Brian Patten Interruption at the Opera House the frantic beginning gripped me and the social ending made me smile.

  4. says:

    Well what can I say about this collection of poems Other than reading this is half a day of my life I m never getting back, not much.Being dyslexic has meant that I ve always had to work hard to try to understand poetry, the rhyme, rhythm and meter is often difficult for me to fully grasp It s meant that poetry has always been my least favourite literary form That said I ve always tried to read at least one book of poetry a year as I ve always felt that whilst I may not always get it I should at least try So when I saw this in Waterstones I thought I would give it a go I was aware of McGough who isn t but didn t really know of either Henri or Patten so this was a walk into the unknown for me Boy do I wish I d left this on the bookshelf I really don t see how this collection ever became one of the best selling poetry anthologies of all time Most of the poetry is infantile and reminiscent of what a 15 year old might have written To say that everything here is bad though would be unfair as there are some enjoyable and thought provoking poems particularly Henri s Me and Tonight at Noon and Mcgough s A Square Dance but there are far too few of them to really make this anything than a grind to read.Will I give poetry another go Possibly, but not for a while after this.

  5. says:

    Jelikoz se mi z Perecovych kokotin uz otaci belmo v dulku, rozhodl jsem se, ze to prolozim nejakou poezii, abych si zastimuloval moje intelektualni qvanktum Vetsinou me poezie nechava chladnym a tak kdyz se chci zahrat, spis sahnu po dece nebo si stoupnu k topeni Tentokrat tomu ovsem bylo jinak Mersey Sound je sbirka tri basniku z FC Liverpool a prej se ji prodalo kolem milionu kusu To je, jen pro predstavu, milionkrat vic nez jeden kus Zprvu jsem byl neduverivy, jako kdyz jegrmeister nekde stoji 28kc, ale me podezreni na nesmysl bylo liche Vsichni tri basnici to vali za 8 10, pricemz Henri je asi nejvetsi svanda dudak, aka love is a fanclub with only two fans 8 10

  6. says:

    Three poets publishing in the 60s with all the flavour of John Lennon Here are the beginnings of three of their poems Love is feeling cold in the back of vansLove is a fanclub with only two fansLove is walking holding paintstained handsLove is Love is , Adrian Henri sometimesi feel like a priestin a fish chip queuequietly thinkingas the vinegar runs throughhow nice it would beto buy supper for two Vinegar , Roger McGough On a horse called autumnamong certain decaying thingsshe rides inside me, forno matter where I movethis puzzled woman singsof nude horsemen, breechedin leather, On a Horse Called Autumn , Brian PattenWell then, how about these excerpts Prostitutes in the snow in Canning St like strange erotic snowmenAnd Marcel Proust in the Kardomah eating Madeleine butties dipped in tea Liverpool Poems , Adrian Henri for in the morningwhen a policemandisguised as the suncreeps into the roomand your motherdisguised as birdscalls from the treesyou will put on a dress of guiltand shoes with broken high idealsand refusing coffeerunallthewayhome Comeclose and Sleepnow , Roger McGough Or when I m 104 banned from the Cavernmay my mistresscatching me in bed with her daughter fearing for her soncut me up into little pieces throw away every piece but one Let Me Die a Youngman s Death , Roger McGough So they did,Right there among the woodbines and guinness stains,And later he caught a bus and she a trainAnd all there was between them thenwas rain Party Piece , Brian PattenHumour, chaos, sex, nostalgia, youth, poverty, and endless wit.

  7. says:

    Since this anthology was originally published 50 years ago this year, I thought I would at long last get around to reading this charity shop purchase It was forged in the decade I was born in, and so the culture around it was in the background as I grew up, but the Belfast of my childhood was primarily shaped by the political troubles rather than pop culture, and despite supporting one of its Liverpool s two football teams all my life it is a city I don t know at all But the similar industrial and cultural histories of Liverpool and Belfast, only separated by the Irish Sea and a childhood memory of Roger McGough and The Scaffold singing Lily the Pink, suggested I might find an easy way in to the poetry within its pages, and whilst the language and cultural references were accessible, too much of all three poets contributions were disappointingly adolescent in tone, or worryingly spoke of a prolonged adolescence, obsessed with nubile young women The poems aren t without merit, but sadly nothing here will live on in my memory as long as Lily the Pink.

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    Every generation has poetry that it considers its own As a teenager growing up in Cardiff, this was the volume that felt like it was mine poppy, edgy at times, accessible and anti establishment, like the music of The Beatles, Lennon, Dylan, Bowie or the soon to follow punk explosion though gentler and less abrasive than the latter I revelled in the sensational surrealism of Adrian Henri, the wit of Roger McGough, wasn t quite sure what to make of the less showy Brian Patten Of course, we had other poets Eliot, Dylan Thomas and so on but they belonged to everyone These belonged to us.Forty years on, McGough is the avuncular voice of poetry on Radio 4, Henri is no longer with us, and Patten still writes for both adults and children Revisiting these familiar works, I find my teenage preferences have reversed Henri now looks showy, sensationalist, capable of great lines and striking images I Want To Paint , but also of naive political posturing His obsession with teenage schoolgirls now that I m no longer a teenage schoolboy seems than a little creepy McGough s witty lyrics have fared, or dated, better, I think You and Your Strange Ways is still disturbing My busconductor , At lunchtime and Sad Aunt Madge tell everyday stories with humour, empathy and pathos Why Patriots Are A Bit Nuts In The Head tempers polemic with Goonish humour I had forgotten the short poem On Picnics which is concise but brilliant in its treatment of First World War remembrance But it is Patten s understated lyricism that I now find most nourishing my teenage mind found it slightly boring, to be honest Poems like Party Piece , Travelling Between Places or Room tell oddly haunting stories, where the reader s imagination fills in the gaps between words and images There s humour there The River Arse and politics too, but a poem like Schoolboy feels resonant, sparsely emotional, authentic Hinting at the depression that The Beast spells out explicitly, and with brutal honesty.

  9. says:

    For those of us who were born too late, this anthology conveys the mood of Liverpool in the 60s, a happening period for popular music, visual arts, literature and performance.Refreshing iconoclastic, the Merseybeats performed poetry in pubs Their poems dealt with everyday experiences in the 60s, they spoke the language of the times I guess we owe a great debt to the Mersey poets for breaking a host of cultural taboos on what could and could not be put into poetry.The subjects dealt with veer all over the place, from tales of young love, concerns of a nuclear apocalypse to Biffo the Bear and Batman and Robin Humour is mixed with melancholy and dystopia Quite a few of the poems make use of contemporary song forms.I look forward to reading poetry from both before and after the 60s and probably only then will I be able to fully appreciate the influence of the Mersey poets and this book.

  10. says:

    Poetry is whimsical todayjust like every day.Just like then,1967,when the world seemed burstingwith adventure, possibility, so many people to love, to hold.The days and years have gonealmost without us noticing the young men dead or bald or lookingtoo tired to hold their heads up.Or just spaced out of their mind And I was there too,searching for my own muse,thinking I could trap her in some dusty dreamcatcher.But she fled flees laughing,still not a day older than we were then,still inviting, promising,still leading on.

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