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Being Boring -- Wendy Cope

Guest poem sent in by Zenobia Driver
(Poem #1444) Being Boring
 If you ask me 'What's new?', I have nothing to say
 Except that the garden is growing.
 I had a slight cold but it's better today.
 I'm content with the way things are going.
 Yes, he is the same as he usually is,
 Still eating and sleeping and snoring.
 I get on with my work. He gets on with his.
 I know this is all very boring.

 There was drama enough in my turbulent past:
 Tears and passion-I've used up a tankful.
 No news is good news, and long may it last,
 If nothing much happens, I'm thankful.
 A happier cabbage you never did see,
 My vegetable spirits are soaring.
 If you're after excitement, steer well clear of me.
 I want to go on being boring.

 I don't go to parties. Well, what are they for,
 If you don't need to find a new lover?
 You drink and you listen and drink a bit more
 And you take the next day to recover.
 Someone to stay home with was all my desire
 And, now that I've found a safe mooring,
 I've just one ambition in life: I aspire
 To go on and on being boring.
-- Wendy Cope
The title of this poem caught my eye and I knew I just had to read it.
Somehow heading a poem 'being boring' promises an interesting poem (it
cannot be a confession, it has to be sarcy or humourous or something). Dunno
the theory of meter and all, but the words march along very briskly when I
read it aloud. I think the poem is something you can imagine some character
played by Emma Thompson reciting in a movie.

zenobia

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James Warburton said...

Brilliant If I was asked to set out my ideal outlook on my life style. This
little gem says it all.. Oh God I must seem dull to others.
MAGUS

Flypusher1 said...

Not sure what this site is (i did a google search on the poem) but anyway, it
invites a comment. It is my favourite poem, im afraid im not really very
bookish but everyone must have a favourite poem. Before this, my favourite poem
was "the tiger" by Ted Hughes, not sure i even got the title right. That was
from childhood, and now ive grown up and i definately share Ms Cope's
aspirations.

Take care
Louise

valerie bond said...

i think this poem could have been written about me. a friend told me about your work when i mensioned that whilst going thro the break up of my marraige i started to write poems. i wrote about people at work and people i spoke to on the internet and it helped my friends used to cry at some of them. so yes i cant connect with this poem

val

the roving eye said...

I identify with it.
As I grow and experience life more, I learn the art of living it a little more.
What's boring to most is interesting to me, and if that's the way it has to be, well, then so be it!

Good write:)

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Anonymous said...

hi, I come from Moldova and I have homework (analyse this poem).
I have a few problems with english and interpret even in my native language.
I need help with this homework. Thank you


That is my homework
-Read and make sure you understand the poem ‘Being boring”
-Explain the woman’s attitude to life and the reasons for it.
-Explain how she uses the words “interesting” and “boring” and the reason for the poem’s motto.
-Contrast the phrase “No news is good news” with the motto of the media “No news is bad news”.
-Make sure you place the poem in the wider context of news in our life.

Anonymous said...

hahaha... from Moldova?? ;p (I think from greg)

chartreuse said...

There was a fairly popular pop song in the early 1990's called "Being Boring" which took the complete opposite view of this poem. It was about a young man who never wanted to be "being boring"

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Anonymous said...

don't you idiots see the irony in the tone and diction..
GOD.. she hates being boring..
-_-

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