Department of English
Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University
First Day at School
(November 9, 1937 – )
2 Waiting for the bell to go: waiting for the bell to ring; waiting for the school bell (a signal from an actual bell or an electronic recording that marks the beginning and end of the school day and of each class period in many elementary and high schools) to sound
lessin: misspelling of lessons and lesson,
representing a childish pronunciation, understanding or imagination of
19 glassrooms: mispelling, imitating the child's pronunciation of classroom
short informal term for wellingtons which is British English for boots
Sample Student Responses to McGough's "First Day at School"
2202234 Introduction to the Study of English Literature
Acharn Puckpan Tipayamontri
September 6, 2011
Reading Response #1
McGough, Roger. Defying Gravity.
London: Penguin, 1993. Print. (Arts
McGough, Roger. Melting
into the Foreground. London: Penguin, 1987. Print. (Arts
McGough, Roger. You
at the Back: Selected Poems, 1967–87. London: Puffin, 1992.
Stack PR6063.A276 M146Y)
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