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Warning: When I Am an Old Woman I Shall Wear Purple

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Voted Britain’s best-loved poem by viewers of BBC TV’s Bookworm, this perennial favorite with its declaration of defiance against convention appeals to all those with a secret desire to throw off the strictures of propriety and set out deliberately to shock and be outrageous. It sums up this wish perfectly with its pronouncement: "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 1st 2001 by Souvenir Press (first published December 1995)
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Nov 15, 2012 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One of the things that I am looking forward to when I get older is being able to embarrass my children and not have them chastise me for it, rather shrug their shoulders and put it down my age. Just think I will not have to worry if I'm hip or trendy(not that I am now), whether or not my shirt matches my trousers, I'll even be able to shop in M & S,assuming the pension will stretch to it, without looking out of place.I won't have to be politically correct when out in public running anyone wh ...more
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Jun 07, 2014 Wilde Sky rated it really liked it
A short book / story / poem about getting old and doing what you want.

I found this book quite amusing but it is very short.
May 07, 2014 Jane rated it liked it
Huh, I don't have a shelf for poems.. But I doubt I'll start reading them a lot...

Nevertheless it was a lovely poem.
Sneh Pradhan
Apr 04, 2014 Sneh Pradhan rated it really liked it
Quirky , Heartwarmingly truthful , and striking a subtly beautiful feminist chord , I totally adore this poem !!!!
Ana Maria Rînceanu
This is going to be me. Hopefully I handle old age more gracefully (and selfishly) than I'm handling youth.
Oct 23, 2008 Loretta rated it it was amazing
A great collection of poems about the elderly. Gave me a new perspective on aging.
Dec 14, 2011 KD rated it liked it
Short, and funny...but can't change the habits of a lifetime.
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Shelves: poetry, favorite
A fun little book that suits me just fine.
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Short poem, liked it :)
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She was born in Birmingham, and with a scholarship, studied English literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford (1950).[1] Her poems were first published when she was at university in the early 1950s.[2] She became a journalist and worked for the Bedfordshire Times, the Oxford Mail and Drum Publications (Johannesburg, South Africa).

Joseph's best known poem, "Warning", was written in 1961 and is inclu
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“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple. With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.” 1046 likes
“When I am an old woman I shall wear purple with a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy and summer gloves and satin sandles, and say we've no money for butter.
I shall sit down on the pavement when I'm tired
And gobble up samples in shops and press alarm bells
And run my stick along the public railings
And make up for the sobriety of my youth.
I shall go out in my slippers in the rain
and pick flowers in other people's gardens
And learn to spit.

You can wear terrible shirts and grow more fat
And eat three pounds of sausages at a go
Or only bread and pickle for a week
And hoard pens and pencils and beer mats and things in boxes.

But now we must have clothes that keep us dry
And pay our rent and not swear in the street
And set a good example for the children.”
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