Declaration of Need by John Hegley About this poet

John Hegley performs his own poem, in which through surreal, bizarre and banal similes he strives to express just how much he needs his loved one.

Ideas and activities for exploring the Poetry Station’s collection of ‘Message’ poems on EMC’s blog: https://www.englishandmedia.co.uk/blog/national-poetry-day-2016-on-the-poetry-station

Length: 2.05m   Topics: Humour, Relationships, Valentine's Day,
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Jakers | 14 March 2010

That last line is a killer.
“I need you like a candle needs a moth if it’s to burn its wings off…”


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Livy and Amelia | 3 December 2011

We think that the poem is really inventive and extremely funny especially the last line. The video itself was not loud enough though


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