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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 Feb. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0571240798
  • ISBN-13: 978-0571240791
  • Product Dimensions: 12.6 x 0.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 22,223 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Two Cures for Love: Selected Poems 1979-2006, by Wendy Cope, gives a new selection of fully annotated poems - and never before published pieces - that give the reader a unique glance into the writing process of a hugely admired poet.

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Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent. After university she worked for fifteen years as a primary school teacher in London. Her first collection of poems, Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis, was published in 1986. In 1987 she received a Cholmondeley Award for poetry and in 1995 the American Academy of Arts and Letters Michael Braude Award for light verse.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT on 26 May 2011
Format: Hardcover
The only problem with this collection is that there's not more.

Wendy Cope's gleeful, impish smile on the cover of the jacket pretty much tells the reader what's going on inside the pages of these selected poems.

Damn, she's good!

The title poem "Two Cures for Love" is only two lines long. Just two lines and yet it makes up the book's title? Can you believe it? But such pithiness and wit is in the poem, it almost hurts to understand how brilliant it is. There are two cures for love and one of them is not to write nor see the person ever again. But what's the second cure? You must read the poem -- or the second line in the poem. Is it really worth the price of the book? Oh, yes, yes! And cheaper than the price of any psychotherapist!

Almost all the poems selected are short on the page; just three are longer than a page, and there's some sonnets in here as well. You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll wonder why just these sounds that she's composed and not others that might be mentioned are the very ones to make you grin and even squeal with delight -- without revealing a single clue as to how she pulled any of them off.

I loved her poem "Being Boring," "Two Cures for Love" and the one about being in love with A.E. Housman even though he's been dead since 1936 called "Another Unfortunate Choice."

Wendy Cope's poems are so funny, touching and satiric, dour Anita Brookner would be forced to guffaw impuslively if she were given the opportunity to read them. I love this refreshing collection of irreverent, sardonic poems, and they're wonderful to reread, too. I've never met her, but she's been my favorite poet for the last twenty years.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By T. Cardwell on 30 Mar. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a fantastic selection of Wendy's poems - some from previous anthologies and some previously unpublished ones too (both old and new). A must have for anyone who hasn't read her fabulous poetry before and a great addition for fans with insights from Wendy about each poem in a reference at the rear.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lyns on 2 July 2013
Format: Audio Cassette Verified Purchase
she has a gentle 'way with words' dealing with routine daily life observations... just purchased her book 'Making Cocoa for Kinglsey Amis'. In which the first poem is a reaction prompted by an employment advert for engineering vacancies(the ad comically suggests the popularity of youngsters choosing engineering for a career as opposed to dreaming of their becoming talented celebrity poets)... Ms Cope's sarcasm in her poetry response is 'harmless' and refreshing... chatty and just the kind of thing one would say in passing to another over coffee... well 'under'stated... like an 'easy conversation'. I like a variety of writings from Beckett to stories for children - Ms Cope's is the genre of poetry you pick up at the end of the day for a peaceful 'smile' at life. Its an added bonus to hear the author reading from their works. The Set here comprises of a mini book-all the poems on the audio cassette in writing- and one audio cassette.. the poet is well worth listening to as she introduces each poem(describes the 'form' it is written in) and is clear in her reading ability-not full of 'added music or special effects' but plain and simple.

poems included:

Making Coca for Kinglsey Amis
A Nursery Rhyme
Waste Land Limericks
A Policeman's Lot
Reading Scheme
Rondeau Redouble
From June to December
III Summer Villanelle/V Some People/VI Going too Far
My Lover
At 3 a.m.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By inkylittlefingers on 1 July 2011
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I've been a big fan of Wendy Cope for about 8 years, when I came across her work in my first year at university. Her critics state that she is a lightweight, that she cannot be considered a 'serious' poet. I beg to differ. She is naturally lighthearted - something you cannot deny as you read her work. But that does not mean that her work does not have depth.

There are layers upon layers in the short, pithy, sentences. Cope is able to use simple language to convey a wealth of emotion, and engages the discerning reader from the very first word. It is this incredible skill which makes her so popular; people of all walks of life and educational backgrounds are touched by her poetry.

I only wish her work was a little more prolific!
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By JJ VINE VOICE on 22 Jun. 2009
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This is the first book of poems by Wendy Cope that I have read and I very much enjoyed it. There is one in particular that stands out for me personally - 'Names' - which will resonate with anyone that has had an aged relative in hospital.
There a poems that are witty and cleverly done like 'A Policeman's Lot' and poems of love when all is rose-tinted and new and others when it goes wrong and dies and some when it is just plain wrong in the first place.
I would definitely like to read more from Wendy Cope
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Wendy Machin on 2 Jan. 2012
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I love Wendy Cope's work and already have some of her poems in my head; they come to mind all the time, in all kinds of different situations. They are funny and sad and truthful and ironic by turns, or sometimes all at once. This collection contains a really good cross section from different periods and includes many of my favourites. I gave it recently to a friend who professes not to like poetry and she really loved it too. It has something for (almost) everyone.
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