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“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.”
“Write to amuse? What an appalling suggestion! / I write to make people anxious and miserable and to worsen their indigestion.”
“The phone rings and I curse. / Literary editor. / Seasonal verse.”
“The reason modern poetry is difficult is so that the poet's wife cannot understand it.”
Wendy Cope, English poet