rests on my knee. She then taught in primary schools in London before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. Home. The title, Family Values, is ironic, although I’m not sure that was clear to everyone who bought the book – some of them may have been disappointed. Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006 by Wendy Cope is published by Faber on Thursday, price £12.99. Cope was born in Erith in Kent (now in London), and educated at Farrington's School, Chislehurst in Kent (now also in London). Explore. See more ideas about Poems, Wendy cope, Wendy cope poems. In relaying his stubbornness 'He stands his ground,' before revealing 'The planet goes on being round,' Cope emphasizes the irony in his opinion. Men Your Wait. Her subsequent collections – Serious Concerns in 1992 and If I Don’t Know in 2001 (shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award) – both confirmed her reputation as a classic English humorist whilst also allowing room for poems of a more meditative tone. Poems. Jan 21, 2014 #1. Our catalogue store includes many more recordings which you can download to your device. She was made an O.B.E. 1093858. 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.”. And happy families go to church and cheerily they mingle . Poem Hunter all poems of by Wendy Cope poems. A friend was getting married in Spokane, Washington, I was in New York, and the 45 day Amtrak pass was cheaper than rent." For he sometimes does this on the stairs at his place of work. A Christmas Poem by Wendy Cope. 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. Down South on the train There's a Jim Crow car. Our catalogue store includes many more recordings which you can download to your device. You sleep. I was asked to write some poems to mark the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death. She now lives in Ely with the poet Lachlan Mackinnon. every car park a shining mosaic. Wendy Cope 1992 Salutations, Greetings, and a Good Evening to all! fields, little lakes and winter trees Update: The poem is: The book I've been reading. Poets Wendy Cope and Lachlan Mackinnon on their wedding day. It’s beautiful out there – Wendy Cope (born 21 July 1945) is a contemporary English poet. The free tracks you can enjoy in the Poetry Archive are a selection of a poet’s work. Sat 5 May 2018 04.58 EDT. Simple, strong, full-flavoured. I can’t see a theme. Last modified on Thu 10 May 2018 08.20 EDT. still warm, still warm. Registered No. 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. Two cures for love : selected poems 1979-2006. It’s beautiful out there– fields, little lakes, and winter trees in February sunlight, every car park a shining mosaic. 4336052. in February sunlight, every car park a shining mosaic. Where's the horse For a kid that's black? rests on my knee. The collection was an incredible success, selling tens of thousands of copies in the UK. She read history at St Hilda's College, Oxford. Wendy Cope's most recent collection, her first since Serious Concerns in 1992, extends her concern with the comedy of the examined life ('the way we have been, the way we sometimes are'), and imagines those adjustments to the ordinary which would fulfil our futures, or allow us to realize the golden age of five minutes ago, or weigh the 'out there' of the present moment, * An espresso. John Cage, Jesus, The Archbishop of Canterbury, a damaged piano, a college reunion. ‘Favourite’ by Wendy Cope Today I offer you a poem that reminds me of Nicky, tomorrow who knows #nicolo di genova #nicolò di genova #joe x nicky #yusuf x nicolo #yusuf al kaysani #yusuf al-kaysani #the old guard #lyde.txt #kaysanova #immortal husbands #poetry #quote #quotes #wendy cope For I will consider my lover, who shall remain nameless. Serious Concerns (Penguin/Faber Audiobooks) 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”. But when strangers, “who/deep our most are/ selves” — who are the same as us, at the core — “touch”, then it is “forever”. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. 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. I still love traditional forms, especially the Shakespearian sonnet, and have no intention of abandoning them. Wendy Cope’s On A Train. I need to annotate this poem for homework, and I'm really struggling to work out the meaning. By Wendy Cope Faber pound;8.99 (pbk), TES pound;7.99 (020 8324 5119) Although she has always tackled a range of subjects, Wendy Cope made her name with poems about that eternal topic - a single woman in vain pursuit of a decent bloke. She has edited several poetry anthologies, including Heaven on Earth: 101 happy poems, and her poems for children are widely anthologised. Sporty People, Valentine, The Orange Charity No. Wendy Cope. Analysis/Meaning? We both had reservations … cicekoglan liked this You sleep. I was born in Erith, ... As a teenager I took advantage of the half-hour train … The following sonnet by Wendy Cope seems to have been written in response to what Andrew Motion had written in The Guardian: ‘At the moment, if you’re seen reading poetry in a train, the carriage empties instantly’. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. 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.”. You sleep. Charity No. 1945) is a poet whose witty lyrics and pitch-perfect parodies have gained her a readership far beyond most of her peers. 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. Long radiant minutes, your hand in my hand, still warm, still warm. But Cope is no Bridget Jones, although she … It’s beautiful out there - fields, little lakes and winter trees. Then I wake up early, drive up while it's still dark, and hike out somewhere beautiful to watch the sunrise. At Christmas little children sing and merry bells jingle, The cold winter air makes our hands and faces tingle . For at the age of 49 he can make the noise of five different kinds of lorry changing gear on a hill. The book I’ve been reading Wendy Cope returned to the recording studio for a second reading on 18 April 2016, recording at Heavy Entertainment, London, with Richard Carrington as producer. The book I’ve been reading rests on my knee. Get this from a library! Wendy Cope uses irony in Differences of Opinion to show that 'he' is wrong. 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. Journeys Love Free verse. I wanted to choose a bit of a lighter poem for this week, as finals are bearing down on me, as I am sure they are on many of you. Wendy Cope Poem - On a Train??? 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. On A Train A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by Wordsworth A Nursery Rhyme as it might have been written by T.S.Eliot Waste Land Limericks A Policeman's Lot An Attempt at Unrhymed Verse Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. 2014-01-21T15:43. It centers on young Wendy Darling (Devin France), the daughter of a Louisiana diner owner who ends up in Neverland by jumping on a train with her older twin brothers, Douglas (Gage … And the whole business is unbelievably dreadful, if you're single. rests on my knee. But it’s always been important to me to be able to do the other thing – as I put it to myself. Wendy Cope was raised in Kent, England, where her parents often recited poetry to her. On a Train. The book I’ve been reading. Long, radiant minutes, your hand in my hand. Cope taught in primary schools for many years before publishing her first book of poetry, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986). Cope’s take on the utility of bridge and train builders is, of course, disingenuous – she knows we need civil and mechanical engineers – and there is much irony in the continuing erosion of these industries, whose fortunes have further nosedived since ‘Engineers’ Corner’ was conceived in 1986. A jet-age Tennyson - London Review of Books. Wendy Cope. Registered No. For he can also imitate at least three different kinds of train. Powerful. The rest are a miscellany. 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. 9 poems of Wendy Cope. Male biker seeks female for touring fun. We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. On a train, The book I’ve been reading rests on my knee. Whilst Cope has little time for bleeding hearts, her poems can be poignant as well as humorous. every car park a shining mosaic. 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. “Lonely Hearts” by Wendy Cope is a statement on the disconnectedness and isolation of modern city living. She earned a BA in history and trained as a teacher at Oxford University. It began simply somewhat unintentionally. Settings of three poems by Wendy Cope for mezzo-soprano, soprano saxophone, harp and string quintet [9'] Idyll (after U.A. Photograph: Lockie Mackinnon. in the Queen’s Birthday honours 2010. 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. She currently lives in Winchester. * furtho: The book I’ve been reading. The Poetry Archive is a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. Poetry Book Society Recommendation, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, Michael Braude Award for Light Verse - the American Academy of Arts and Letters, Poetry Book Society Recommendation, If I Don't Know, Whitbread Poetry Prize (shortlist), If I Don't Know. Born in Erith, Kent, she read History at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford. Long, radiant minutes, rests on my knee. 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. 1093858. 4336052. Wendy Cope (b. On a Train by Wendy Cope. Men in general are often the target of her barbed wit, none more so than Strugnell, the hapless and rather unpleasant male poet she invented for her first collection. Some people say there is no such thing as free verse, so I don’t call it that. 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. On British Rail a lot. On the bus we're put in the back— But there ain't no back 10 To a merry-go-round! There are two parts of this poem that I am particularly drawn to, of which the latter is probably more interesting to non lit dorks. i web weaved some stuff that reminds me of you. For he is embarrassed when people overhear him. Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved. Copyright © 2021 All rights reserved. i hope your day is filled with love and happiness, as well as your year. On a Train. It’s beautiful out there — fields, lakes and little winter trees. On a Train. Copy to clipboard Copied. WENDY is a retelling of the Peter Pan story from director Behn Zeitlin (Beasts of the Southern Wild). [Wendy Cope] -- The idea for this book - a new selection of her poems with notes - grew out of Wendy Cope's experience of meeting her audience, when reading her poems in schools. Cope's journey is one that has been rife with hurdles, "Despite her obvious talent and Oxford education," Juster remarks. from If I Don’t Know (Faber and Faber, 2001), © Wendy Cope 2001, used by permission of the author. Share Poem. *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. I can't find much online either. By Wendy Cope. whitehappy birthday, friend. The bridge features in scenes at the beginning and end of the film Alfie (1966), starring Michael Caine. She implies that this is the case by first stating his position 'that the earth is flat,' and then asserting his confidence in his view - 'He knows the facts and that is that.'. 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. in February sunlight. Fri 14 Feb 2014 02.00 EST. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary-school teacher in London. Poetry 2 – Poems for Class 2 Lonely Hearts by Wendy Cope Can someone make my simple wish come true? Her recording was made for The Poetry Archive on 8 December 2005 at The Audio Workshop, London and was produced by Richard Carrington. Abstract. ... and asked myself if I would rather be on a train to London for a meeting or to some more distant part of … and thank you <3 @marblecut Wendy Cope. The free tracks you can enjoy in the Poetry Archive are a selection of a poet’s work. Serious Concerns (Penguin/Faber Audiobooks) [Cope, Wendy, Cope, Wendy] on Amazon.com. 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. your hand in my hand, Two poems from each sequence can be heard in the recording. “After the Lunch”, a poem by Wendy Cope about two lovers parting on Waterloo Bridge, now forms the lyric of the song “Waterloo Bridge” by Jools Holland and Louise Marshall. still warm, still warm. On a Train - Wendy Cope. The Wendy Cope: Poems Community Note includes chapter-by-chapter summary and analysis, character list, theme list, historical context, author biography and quizzes written by … You sleep. You sleep. You sleep. Two of the uncollected poems included here are also the result of a commission, this time from the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust. Aug 4, 2018 - Explore Michele Netherton's board "Wendy Cope poems" on Pinterest. Indeed ‘tis true, I travel here and there. May 15, 2020 3:59 pm. 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. 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. Cope keeps her explanations droll and to the point, wisely allowing the poems their own voice. Living simply aboard the Amtrak train: "For some months, Amtrak was my home. Some of the poems in this new recording are from the book; others are as yet uncollected. in February sunlight, 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. Can anyone help?? ” – Franz Schubert. 2. I tend to go to bed really early on New Year's Eve. 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