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Wendy Cope

  • I used to think all poets were Byronic — / Mad, bad and dangerous to know. / And then I met a few. Yes it's ironic — / I used to think all poets were Byronic. / They're mostly wicked as a ginless tonic / And wild as pension plans.

    • Wendy Cope,
    • "Triolet," Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis ()
  • Write to amuse? What an appalling suggestion! / I write to make people anxious and miserable and to worsen their indigestion.

    • Wendy Cope,
    • title poem, Serious Concerns
  • The phone rings and I curse. / Literary editor. / Seasonal verse.

    • Wendy Cope,
    • "19th Christmas Poem," Serious Concerns ()
  • The reason modern poetry is difficult is so that the poet's wife cannot understand it.

    • Wendy Cope,
    • in The Sunday Times ()

Wendy Cope, English poet

(1945)