Wendy Cope

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Wendy Cope (born 21 July 1945) is a contemporary English poet. She read history at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She now lives in Ely with the poet Lachlan Mackinnon.

Cope was born in Erith in Kent (now in London), and educated at Farrington's School, Chislehurst in Kent (now also in London). Following her graduation from St Hilda's College, Cope ...

Popular Poems
1.
Sporty People

I took her for my kind of person
And it was something of a shock
When my new friend revealed
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2.
The Orange

At lunchtime I bought a huge orange—
The size of it made us all laugh.
I peeled it and shared it with Robert and Dave—
They got quarters and I had a half.
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3.
Valentine

My heart has made its mind up
And I'm afraid it's you.
Whatever you've got lined up,
My heart has made its mind up
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4.
Giving Up Smoking

There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.
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5.
Some More Light Verse

You have to try. You see the shrink.
You learn a lot. You read. You think.
You struggle to improve your looks.
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Helen Miller-Shapiro 29 September 2018

I sent Valentine to my boyfriend he then asked me to marry him. I told him the poem as part of our wedding ceremony. Wendy Cope tells you how it is and laugh, laugh, and laugh again while reading her work. She has brightened my life. Thank you Wendy

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Jakey Anderson 18 July 2018

My favourite here is Valentine, but Summer Villanelle from 'From May to December' is another favourite. I wish I had written them!

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Mencio Vidal 26 April 2017

Wendy's one of a rare breed. Poet, capital P.

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Mike Hunt 01 December 2016

I understand using simplistic language for effect, but this is utter garbage. It's just words put together with very weak rhyme. Glorification of trash at its finest!

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Rac Lee 06 November 2015

I wish there were more of her poems on here. She's wonderful.

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Rac Lee 06 November 2015

She's a marvelous poet, I wish more of her work was on here. I love the one with the orange.

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