Spike Milligan's "Hidden Words: Collected Poems" is an emotional, surprising collection of tender(ish) moments.
The complete poems of Spike Milligan, "Hidden Words" consists of three individual volumes now collected together ("Small Dreams Of A Scorpion", "Open Heart University" and "The Mirror Running") as well as a number of previously unpublished poems.
The famously funny and rude poems are there, as well as a number of darker poems written during the war. "Milligan is the Great God to all of us". (John Cleese). "The Godfather of Alternative Comedy". (Eddie Izzard). "That absolutely glorious way of looking at things differently.
A great man". (Stephen Fry). Spike Milligan was one of the greatest and most influential comedians of the twentieth century.
Born in India in 1918, he served in the Royal Artillery during WWII in North Africa and Italy.
At the end of the war, he forged a career as a jazz musician, sketch-show writer and performer, before joining forces with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe to form the legendary "Goon Show". Until his death in 2002, he had success as on stage and screen and as the author of over eighty books of fiction, memoir, poetry, plays, cartoons and children's stories.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages, 40 b&w drawings
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 04/12/1997
- Category: Poetry by individual poets
- ISBN: 9780140587883
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Review by princessponti
I've been reading this little by little over the last few weeks and have been really enjoying it. I love Spike Milligan anyway, his silly rhymes have always made me chuckle but this book reflects the other side of Spikes personality. The poems carry you through some of the darker periods in Spike's life and explore his depression. These are certainly not the light quirky poetry you would be used to from him, they are all very moving and demonstrate the sadness that he had struggled with throughout his life. God bless Spike Milligan, may he have finally found peace xx