The Uncertainty of the Poet



Poet Wendy Cope was born in Erith, Kent, England in 1945 and read History at St Hilda's College, Oxford. She trained as a teacher at Westminster College of Education, Oxford, and taught in primary schools in London. She became Arts and Reviews editor and continued to teach part-time, before becoming a freelance writer in 1986. She was television critic for The Spectator magazine until 1990. She received a Cholmondeley Award in 1987 and was awarded the Michael Braude Award for Light Verse (American Academy of Arts and Letters) in 1995. Wendy Cope is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and lives in Winchester, England.

Wendy Cope
(born 1945)


The Uncertainty of the Poet

I am a poet.
I am very fond of bananas.

I am bananas.
I am very fond of a poet.

I am a poet of bananas.
I am very fond.

A fond poet of 'I am, I am'-
Very bananas.

Fond of 'Am I bananas?
Am I?' - a very poet.

Bananas of a poet!
Am I fond? Am I very?

Poet bananas! I am.
I am fond of a 'very.'

I am of very fond bananas.
Am I a poet?

Wendy Cope


About this poem: People love this Wendy Cope's poem for its wonderful irreverence, spartan simplicity, and just the fact that it always makes them. Also, for the sheer playfulness with which Cope dances the boundary between poetry and antipoetry. to be very fond of: having a very strong preference or liking for somebody or something (gustarle mucho a uno)


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