Wendy Cope

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Wendy Cope

Writers and Their Work

2021

July 1st, 2021

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Wendy Cope is one of Britain’s most popular poets: her first two collections have together sold almost half a million copies, and in 1998, when Ted Hughes died, she was the BBC listeners’ choice to succeed him as Poet Laureate. She is also contrarian and sometimes controversial, and has been celebrated as one of the finest parodists of her, or any, generation. It is perhaps surprising, then, that her popular appeal has been met with critical near-silence. After five major collections, Cope has received only piecemeal critical attention, mostly confined to book reviews. This is the first in-depth study of her poetry. Drawing on Cope's published work, archival material and correspondence, Rory Waterman considers her main collections, her works for children and her uncollected poems, with many close readings, and detailed considerations of her cultural and literary contexts and her poetic development.

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Rory Waterman is Senior Lecturer in English and Creative Writing at Nottingham Trent University.

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Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
Cover1
Contents5
Acknowledgements7
Biographical Outline9
Abbreviations11
Introduction13
‘I learned to get my own back’: Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986)17
‘He thinks you’re crazy’: Serious Concerns (1992)39
‘Still warm, still warm’: If I Don’t Know (2001)55
‘Your anger is a sin’: Family Values (2011)69
‘About the human heart’: Anecdotal Evidence (2018)79
‘The gift of changing’: Cope’s Poems for Children93
‘They waited patiently’: Uncollected Cope103
Notes123
Select Bibliography141
Index145