Wendy Cope has fun with oetic forms than anyone since Dorothy Parker I d need a good hour with Lewis Turco to figure out all she s up to in her latest collection although the sometimes villainous villanelles are unmissable Poor Hugo WilliamsMy favorite oems in this book are the first and last A Christmas Song asks Why is the baby crying and rovides a rhyme book of clever answers and Closedown about a woman reading the shipping news late at night There are merry moments in between but not nearly as many as in Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis So what Anything new by Wendy is worth snapping up sighs and tears and wry bits of rueful wisdom all whipped together and laid out in a lattice of laughter I didn t enjoy this collection uite as much as the other volume I read by her Serious Concerns but it was still very likeable and a nice way to spend the hour I had by myself in the library today One reason I didn t uite enjoy this one as much was erhaps that it felt a little too cynical to me In uite a few of her Zeugen aus der Todeszone poems here an embittered elderly ladyeeked through and while it s an attestation to her skill as a oet to let us catch glimpses of her as a erson I ended up feeling a bit sorry for her There is a fine line between sarcasm and cynicism and I thought this one was The Transformation of Intergovernmental Satellite Organisations: Policy and Legal Perspectives perhaps a little too heavy on the latter She works through some childhood issues in this volume especially in the beginning chapters and whenever she treats the topic with reverence I was very moved by it There is aoem that is dedicated to a Mrs Arnolds of what I can only assume to be her former boarding school It s moving and sad and is underslung with that childhood longing for a The Marine's E-Mail Order Bride parent that simply loves and accepts you Otheroems discuss what
seems to be a complex relationship between mother and child dating love hypocrisy ageing and death daytime to be a complex relationship between mother and child dating love hypocrisy ageing and death daytime the BBC some are commissioned by a string uartet It s hard to find a unifying theme to this volume or to her works but if there is one it s Dervishes and Islam in Bosnia: Sufi Dimensions to the Formation of Bosnian Muslim Society perhaps best searched for in the firstoem in this collection It reads like a modern Christmas carol and for all her ranting about religion and misogyny in later Sugar in the Social Life of Medieval Islam poems I thought this one struck theerfect balance between intuition social commentary compassion and wit It seems to chant subtly that we lose something very human when we start A New Kind of Public: Community, Solidarity, and Political Economy in New Deal Cinema, 1935-1948 paying too much attention to rituals forms and castes closed spaces In the end we all struggle for room in theews of acceptance and
have simply come to hear a bit of nice music from the simply come to hear a bit of nice music from the the second wendy cope book that i have read but it missed the Henri Matisse: Drawing with Scissors perfect five star marks because of the first fewoems in this book i found them too Hexe personal and i couldn t connect to them but later the book just drove in my mind smoothly i love heroems which contains the element of serious levity carefully and delicately it s like she wrote the Eumenes of Cardia: A Greek Among Macedonians poems with utter delight and herower of rhyming is str. From a motorway service area to her ambivalent relationship with religion Wendy Cope covers a wide range of experience in her new collection Her mordant humour and formal ingenui. ,
Ong very strong i have also loved the later experimental oems in the end overall a sumptuous read utterly delightful There is a lot here about aging and death which is not terribly relevant to me right now but I ll keep the book on shelf the the twilight yearsThe second half of the book has a lovely seuence of The Polemical Works of Al Al- Abar poems about variouseople at a concert and another seuence about the Beeb both of which I enjoyedUnfortunately there s nothing here to match my great love for Cope s A Companion to Vittoria Colonna previous collectionsNot that aging and death can t be written about in a way that is relevant and interesting to young or let s be honest here young isheople but Copes oems on these subjects are very ersonal and lacking a broad universalism I m an unabashed fan of Wendy Cope She s not the most La Partera: Story of a Midwife prolific ofoets but her keen eye when observing the everyday and mundane means I often return to her relatively slight output The verse may be light but the subjects addressed can be weighty and despite the surface simplicity Cope is extremely technically skilled employing the full range of traditional rhymed forms She reminds me of Philip Larkin and if you know me you ll know that s high raise indeed just read her collection Family Values for the
first time despite it being five years old by She is as grumpy and deadpan astime despite it being five years old by now She is as grumpy and deadpan as but with a focus on death and decay that suggest erhaps the serious concerns are ever closer to the forefront of her mind The fifty six oems in this collection span a human life from childhood Christmases to detailed hilarious instructions for how to behave at her funeral Despite the increasing awareness of mortality ermeating the collection Cope still has Larkin s gift for skilled Vigilant flexibleUnemphasised enthralledCatching of happiness and it s in these moments she speaks most to meAprilThe birds are singing loudly overheadAs if to celebrate the April weatherI want to stay in this lovely world foreverAnd be with my love and share your bedI don t believe I will see you when we re deadI don t believe we ll meet and be togetherThe birds are singing loudly overheadI want to stay in this lovely world foreverhttpseatsplantsreadsbookswordpresscom Though not life altering this collection is comfortably accessible reading that as with much of Cope s work is full of wit and received with a wry often cheeky smile 25 Cope mostly uses recognizable forms villanelles sonnets etc this is interesting to see in contemporary Reduced Laughter: Seriocomic Features and Their Functions in the Book of Kings poetry but reuires a whole lot of rhyming most of it rather twee eg tuppencecomeuppance which gives the whole collection the feeling of being written for children This is appropriate for theoems that recall memories of childhood but not so much for the others such as The Audience a long seuence commissioned by a string uartetI reckon there s similarity to Gervase Phinn or Pam Ayres in this collection than Cope would really like to be her reputationMy two favorites were Lissa. Ty are in evidence even as she remembers the wounds of a damaging childhood; and in This Deleuzian Century: Art, Activism, Life poems about love and the inevitableroblems of aging she achieves an intriguing blend of sadn. Dell about a vacation to Ireland and Haiku erfect in its simplicityA Networking for Career Success: 24 Lessons for Getting to Know the Right People perfect white wineis sharp sweet and cold as thisbirdsong in winter This is a slim collection of Cope soems ublished in 2012 The first section is oetry about family which is good and occasionally great I articularly liked A Christmas Song The Women s Merchant Navy At Stafford Services At the Poetry Conference Anniversary Poem Spared and Another
Valentine from this section Then there s a second section which is from something called The Audience which were writtenfrom this section Then there s a second section which is from something called The Audience which were written the Endymion String uartet These are great Funny As are those from the final section which are from an An ABC of the BBC These were commissioned by BBC Radio 4 Again they re retty funny There s one called Football about Radio 5 6 0 6 show that I liked a lot Definitely worth reading I tend to read eople s work from beginning to end which I think makes me think I can see atterns emerging but sometimes that s impossible to do It s also good to realise that you don t know as much as you think you know about things It certainly wants to make me read her other three Frںuhzeit Des Ostslaventums poetry collections Delightful Everyoem was a Forbidden Knowledge pleasure to read More than anyoet since Betjeman Wendy Cope has the rare gift of being funny and serious often in the same Whose Life Is It Anyway?: Living through your 20s on your own terms poem That is crucial Beneath the jaunty villanelles the comic repetitions and the triple metre some hard truths about life and love are being smuggled in One favourite is theoem April I uote it here in full The birds are singing loudly overheadAs if to celebrate the April weatherI want to stay in this lovely world foreverAnd be with you my love and share your
BedI Don T Believe Idon t believe I see you when we re deadI don t believe we ll meet and be togetherThe birds are singing loudly overheadI want to stay in this lovely world forever Like Auden s Lullaby the The Rumsfeld Way: The Leadership Wisdom of a Battle-Hardened Maverick poem gains itsower and maturity from cherishing what it knows is only temporaryTwo other oems Health Scare and Keep Saying This are franker confrontations with illness and death rhyme and repetition become charms to keep despair at bay It helps to say their names and make them rhyme You can t help being reminded that Ring a ring of roses was originally written about the Black DeathAccepting futility doesn t mean going down without a fight Cope s sharp but never withering sense of humour can deliver wicked one two combinations to the head as in Special Needs Unbearable Football and Differences of Opinion He tells her the earth is flat He knows the facts and that is thatIn altercations fierce and longShe tries her to best to rove him wrongBut he has learned to argue wellHe calls her arguments unsoundAnd often asks her not to yellShe cannot win He stands his groundThe Option Writing Strategies for Extraordinary Returns planet goes on being round Cope s uality control system is as sound as ever Her collections may be few but they re always worth waiting for A worthy addition to the Cope canon and a treat for readers everywher. Ess and joyTwo very different sets of commissionedoems round off a remarkable volume whose opening oem sounds clearly the rofound note of compassion which underlies the whole. .