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Excellent new collection from an eminently accessible poet.,
By A Customer
This review is from: If I Don't Know (Hardcover)
Wendy Cope burst onto the poetry scene with 'Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis' - a collection of 'humorous' poems which saw her work considered 'lightweight' (a theme touched on in "A poem on the theme of humour"). However, Cope has an observant and occasionally acerbic voice which pinpoints an issue, and touches the soul. This new collection reveals a mellower poet, still writing poems about love and relationships, but finding pleasure in the natural world too - there's even a series of short verses about "Traditional Prize County Pigs"! A particular favourite is the touching "On a train" - which should strike a chord with anyone who's ever loved. The second part of this volume is a longer work entitled "The Teacher's Tale". This opens our eyes to a different views of a commonplace world. Don't be mislead by the rhymes,humour and occasional brevity of the verses. These poems are not shrouded in semiotics, post-modernism or other 'literary-speak'. These are beautifully crafted and accessible - genius at work!