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MAKING COCOA FOR KINGSLEY AMIS (FABER POCKET POETRY) Paperback – International Edition, 1999
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Who I desperately wish would befriend me.
For her out-of-print rhymes
I would give my last dimes,
But Amazon thinks they're not trendy.
There just so damn good. Some are funny. Some are sad. Some are this .Some are that. Some are the other. Everyone I ever lent these books to loved them and then went out and bought their own copies. I cant lend you my copies (lost them moving to NewZealand) but I can recommend that you buy them now.
This collection is basically divided into just two parts. The first is pure pun, satire, and fun. (Some of the best ones from the first part are beautifully performed by K J Lermontov on YouTube.) The second is more adulterated -- intellectual -- though there are plenty of puns, satires, and fun, too. The second part is a series of poems invented by Mr. Strugnell, an older male poet invented by Wendy Cope.
One of the best in the series is sonnet "(vii)":
Indeed 'tis true. I travel here and there
On British rail a lot. I've often said
That if you haven't got a first-class fare
You really need a book of verse instead.
Then, should you find that all the seats are taken,
Brandish your Edward Thomas, Yeats or Pound.
Your fellow-passengers, severely shaken,
Will almost all be loath to stick around.
Recent research in railway sociology
Shows it's best to read the stuff aloud:
A few choice bits from Motion's new anthology
And you'll be lonelier than any cloud
This strategem's a godsend to recluses
And demonstrates that poetry has its uses.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis is a great collection of poems. Cope offers the perfect blend of humour and poignancy. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Pamela Scott
wendy cope's delightful collection of poetry sparkles with wit and erudition. the highlight clearly being the title poem and the nursery rhymes. Read morePublished on April 19, 2003 by madhu m
Having read Wendy Cope's poem 'He Tells Her' I was a little dissappointed in this book of her poems.
They are good but some are very similiar in nature. Read more