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.” Whilst Cope has little time for bleeding hearts, her poems can be poignant as well as humorous. Containing a generous selection from her three books this recording is a wonderful showcase for the emotional and technical deftness that’s made her work so widely cherished. Wendy Cope. Copy to clipboard Copied. furtho: The book I’ve been reading. Cope’s rueful wisdom connects her to the tradition of Betjeman and Larkin, but she brings a fresh female perspective to bear on social and literary foibles. May 15, 2020 3:59 pm. Long, radiant minutes, your hand in my hand. A new mood of contentment infuses her most recent collection with poems of domestic celebration like ‘Being Boring’ or the unabashed tenderness of ‘On a Train’: “Long, radiant minutes,/your hand in my hand.”. * rests on my knee. By showing the reader five different people all searching for love, all in the same area of North London, all of whom have different but very basic needs in a love interest, Cope is highlighting the fact that current societal means of meeting ones mate have changed. and thank you <3 @marblecut A new mood of contentment infuses her most recent collection with poems of domestic celebration like ‘Being Boring’ or the unabashed tenderness of ‘On a Train’: “Long, radiant minutes,/your hand in my hand.”. I tend to go to bed really early on New Year's Eve. The fleetingness and sense of chance that pervades the poem (note the title: “If strangers meet”) reminds us of the rarity of humanity recognising itself in others.It might only happen “once”. Two of the uncollected poems included here are also the result of a commission, this time from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. I don’t know what to call it but I hope some of these poems demonstrate that I can do it.”, “The only end of writing is to enable the readers better to enjoy life or better to endure it.” – Samuel Johnson, “His chief desire was to express himself and his own truth – and therefore life and humanity.” – Walter de la Mare on Edward Thomas, “Those who write clearly have readers; those who write obscurely have commentators.” – Albert Camus, “I give to the world what I have in my heart, and that is the end of it. Registered No. We both had reservations … Wendy Cope has written this note about her more recent work: “Since my earlier recording for the archive in 2005, I have published one new collection of poems, Family Values (2011), and am close to completing the next. Journeys Love Free verse. There are quite a few poems about my childhood, a subject I could address with more freedom after the death of my mother in 2004. I can’t see a theme. A friend was getting married in Spokane, Washington, I was in New York, and the 45 day Amtrak pass was cheaper than rent." The book also includes two commissioned sequences, The Audience, written for the Endellion String Quartet, and An ABC of the BBC, commissioned for a Radio 4 programme. Indeed ‘tis true, I travel here and there. But when strangers, “who/deep our most are/ selves” — who are the same as us, at the core — “touch”, then it is “forever”. But it’s always been important to me to be able to do the other thing – as I put it to myself. Our catalogue store includes many more recordings which you can download to your device. Down South on the train There's a Jim Crow car. The poet Wendy Cope gained a huge reputation in the early 1980s mainly for a series of witty and incisive parodies, often under the name of her desperate fictional poète maudit Jake Strugnell, and these poems were collected, along with others, in her hugely successful and influential debut collection, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, which appeared in 1986. A.M. Juster traces poet Wendy Cope's publication history while reviewing the poet's latest collection, Anecdotal Evidence, at Los Angeles Review of Books.Juster explains that Cope's celebrity often takes American readers by surprise. We’re always adding to the Poetry Archive so sign up to our newsletter to keep up to date with the latest archive news, events and releases. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Her debut collection, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, struck a chord with its lampooning of literary pretensions and its wry look at contemporary relationships, and has sold over 180,000 copies to date. On a Train. By Wendy Cope. I need to annotate this poem for homework, and I'm really struggling to work out the meaning. She then taught in primary schools in London before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. One thing I notice, looking at the two lists – recent and less poems – is that proportionally fewer of the recent ones make use of rhyming forms. At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle, The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle . It’s beautiful out there – She has said of her parodies that they were a way “of coming to terms with what was fashionable in poetry” and in their unerring accuracy and mastery of form she showed she could match any of her male contemporaries. I was born in Erith, ... As a teenager I took advantage of the half-hour train … Where's the horse For a kid that's black? Cope's journey is one that has been rife with hurdles, "Despite her obvious talent and Oxford education," Juster remarks. “Lonely Hearts” by Wendy Cope is a statement on the disconnectedness and isolation of modern city living. Long radiant minutes, your hand in my hand, still warm, still warm. Cope was born in Erith in Kent (now in London), and educated at Farrington's School, Chislehurst in Kent (now also in London). in February sunlight, every car park a shining mosaic. Wendy Cope. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 by Wendy Cope is published by Faber on Thursday, price £12.99. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. sesame street // everything and the kitchen sink by jennifer diehl // retrogratorade // salman rushdie // (x) // the orange by wendy cope // pigmenting // charlotte's web by e.b. still warm, still warm. On a Train - Wendy Cope. Poem Hunter all poems of by Wendy Cope poems. whitehappy birthday, friend. 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