Friday, July 28, 2006

Wendy Cope

From the British Council Arts author website:
"Wendy Cope is a classic English humorist, updated to take account of changing times, but in her deflationary humour, bathos, and rueful wisdom she is absolutely the classic article. The poets she most resembles are John Betjeman and Philip Larkin....

She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1987 and was awarded the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse (American Academy of Arts and Letters) in 1995. Her poetry collections include Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (1986), Serious Concerns (1992) and If I Don't Know (2001), which was shortlisted for the Whitbread Poetry Award."

An Argument with Wordsworth

'Poetry...takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility'
(Preface to the Lyrical Ballads)

People are always quoting that and all of them seem
to agree
And it's probably most unwise to admit that it's
different for me.
I have emotion -- no one who knows me could fail to
detect it --
But there's a serious shortage of tranquillity in
which to recollect it.
So this is my contribution to the theoretical debate:
Sometimes poetry is emotion recollected in a highly
emotional state.



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