On Wendy Cope’s Wasteland Limericks (Essay)
May 15, 2019
by Lew Icarus Bede
[Wendy Cope's poem “Wasteland Limericks”] pokes fun at Eliot’s pontifical style; which she does elsewhere as well, as in Poem Composed in Santa Barbara, where she turns Eliot’s couplet from “The Lovesong of J. Alfred Prufrock,”
“In the room the women come and go
Talking of Michelangelo,”
back upon Eliot himself,
“The poets talk. They talk a lot.
They talk of T. S. Eliot.”
But the “Wasteland Limericks” take on more. ...