Wendy Cope


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 spent fifteen years as a primary-school teacher. In 1981, she became Arts and Reviews editor for the Inner London Education Authority magazine, Contact. Five years later she became a freelance writer and was a television critic for The Spectator magazine until 1990.

Four collections of her adult poetry have been published, Making... more »

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  • Helen Miller-Shapiro(9/29/2018 7:13:00 PM)

    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(7/18/2018 7:23:00 AM)

    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(4/26/2017 9:46:00 AM)

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

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  • Wendy Cope(12/1/2016 4:08:00 AM)

    I don't mean to be so far up my own arse, but these are the worst poems i have ever written. They are not good, they are utter shit. I would rather read Carol Ann Duffy's poems than my pieces of turd

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  • Mike Hunt(12/1/2016 4:05:00 AM)

    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 Rac Lee(11/6/2015 4:06:00 PM)

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

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  • Rac Lee Rac Lee(11/6/2015 4:05:00 PM)

    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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Best Poem of Wendy Cope

Giving Up Smoking

There's not a Shakespeare sonnet
Or a Beethoven quartet
That's easier to like than you
Or harder to forget.

You think that sounds extravagant?
I haven't finished yet —
I like you more than I would like
To have a cigarette.

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