Why give a five star rating to a book of poetry? Why give a five star rating to any poetry? Why, because there is a history in poetry - a history that grows with the reader, particularly as this is one poet who lived and played with the birth of British 60's rock and roll and witnessed an era that, for us in our late 50's, early 60's is very important; because it was the era that high culture crossed over with popular culture in an almost baffling way, where the dreams of the young was contained both in the poetry and also in the music of the times. Mcgough was there to document the time, and at times, simplistically and at other times with a profundity worthy of the best of poets.
He is no Blake (nor would he want to be), no Wordsworth (nor would he want to be), he just expresses a feeling of the times and this is why he is so quoted. here are all his poems, some good, some really bad and some wonderful. But who would expect anything more, cos that is why we read poetry?