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Long before Bridget Jones sipped her first Chardonnay, Cope was casting a satirical eye over the minefield of contemporary sexual politics: “Bloody men are like bloody buses/You wait for about a year/And as soon as one approaches your stop/Two or three others appear. Cope began to allude to her battles with depression, a theme present in all of her work, but that grew more evident with each collection.

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Since then she has published two further books of poetry and has edited various anthologies of comic verse. The poem comprises seventeen lines of irregular length, with no rhyme scheme and frequent use of enjambment. I will admit that I did not read the entire collection of poems; however, I very much enjoyed the poem "Bloody Men," which I shall post here and explain why henceforth.By ending on the commandment ‘you have to try’, the pessimism is lightened a little and it remains an insightful poem that lists the ways members of a wealthy society have become lost in introspection. There are also no divisions into stanzas; they would be irrelevant because the subject’s life has flowed in a continuum. Five collections of her adult poetry have been published, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis in 1986, Serious Concerns in 1992, If I Don't Know in 2001, Family Values in 2011, and Anecdotal Evidence in 2018.

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She knows she should trust her instinct on this – and that the heart knows better than the brain, as she is forced to admit very quickly. When Andrew Motion's term as Poet Laureate came to an end in 2009, Cope was again widely considered a popular candidate, although she believes the post should be discontinued. More Hamburger icon An icon used to represent a menu that can be toggled by interacting with this icon. Wendy Cope's first book of poems and parodies, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, went straight into the bestseller lists.The final image in the poem, of those flowers he nearby bought (but didn’t) lasting all this while, can arguably be read as both touchingly forgiving and bitingly judgmental. He is the author of, among others, The Secret Library: A Book-Lovers’ Journey Through Curiosities of History and The Great War, The Waste Land and the Modernist Long Poem. Despite her slight output, her books have sold well and she has attracted a popular following with her lighthearted, often comical poetry, as well as achieving literary credibility winning two awards and making an award shortlist over a fourteen-year period. She trained as a teacher at Westminster College of Education, Oxford, and taught in primary schools in London (1967-81 and 1984-6).

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All information has been reproduced here for educational and informational purposes to benefit site visitors, and is provided at no charge.In other words, is the fact that the thought was there enough, or is she mocking her other half for his failed attempts at romance and his pathetic excuses for why he never treats her to anything? In a top-ten list of "must read" Cope poems, [16] every one of the top five are from either Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis or Serious Concerns. a bit disappointed as i wanted to love this more but unfortunately up until section vi (where it really picks up in my opinion) only two poems stuck out - including "the orange" which i was already familiar (in love) with.

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This short poem may have had its genesis in the dactylic metre of Emily Dickinson’s name (where the first syllable of her first name and her surname is stressed, but the other two syllables are unstressed). She has edited several poetry anthologies, including Heaven on Earth: 101 happy poems, and her poems for children are widely anthologised. The past two decades have led to a sense of contentment, along with a confrontation with depression, to take the main stage in If I Don’t Know, Family Values, and Anecdotal Evidence. From Nobel Laureates Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter to theatre greats Tom Stoppard and Alan Bennett to rising stars Polly Stenham and Florian Zeller, Faber Drama presents the very best theatre has to offer. And yet the clever thing about this poem is that it remains ambiguous: are we being invited to take the female speaker’s words at face value?A collection of poems featuring works by Cope such as "Bloody Men", "Men and their Boring Arguments" and "Two Cures for Love". We publish a Literature Newsletter when we have news and features on UK and international literature, plus opportunities for the industry to share. It is also expressed in poems such as ‘The Poet’s Song’ (which is also included in Serious Concerns), which jokily refers to the tension between earning a living as a poet and remaining faithful to one’s ideals. The beauty of the poem is in its touching simplicity, and the faint hint of the absurd suggested by that huge orange. According to multiple sources, Cope's favorite publication is Anecdotal Evidence and one of her favorite poems is Flowers from Serious Concerns, which is also one of her most famous.

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