Wendy Cope is a poet whose work is down to earth and extremely funny. However; that is not to say she cannot write poetry in the traditional sense: her forms include sonnets and triolets. Unlike poets who cannot write traditionally: Cope clearly can but chooses not to.

She was born in Erith, Kent, and educated at St. Hilda's College, Oxford University. Before writing, she worked as a primary school teacher in London, and now works as a freelance writer.

Her work includes Making Cocoa for Kingsley Amis (Faber and Faber, 1986), a collection of poems and parodies for which she won the 1987 Cholmondeley Award for poetry, Serious Concerns (Faber and Faber, 1992), The River Girl and Twiddling Your Thumbs (for children). She has also edited The Funny Side: 101 Humourous Poems and won the 1995 American Academy of Letters Michael Braude Award for Light Verse.

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