Wendy Cope


Wendy Cope (born 1945) is an English poet who is known for her humorous and clever verse. She was born in Erith, Kent, and grew up in a working-class family. She attended Oxford University, where she studied English literature, and later worked as a teacher.

Cope began writing poetry in the 1980s, and her first collection, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. The collection, which featured a mix of humorous and poignant poems, was well-received and established Cope as a rising talent in British poetry. She has published several other collections of poetry, including Serious Concerns, If I Don't Know, and Two Cures for Love.

Cope's work is characterized by its wit and humor, and she often writes about everyday life and relationships. She has been praised for her ability to find humor in the mundane, and for her clever and accessible verse. She has won a number of awards for her poetry, including the Forward Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Prize. She continues to write and publish new work, and is considered one of the leading voices in contemporary British poetry.

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