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Wendy Cope

In this sonnet, the speaker tells the story of a relationship between a man and a woman problematising traditional gender roles. Due to seemingly insignificant household problems, they both feel stressed in their relationship. This causes him to get drunk and complain about his relationship and her to write bad protest poems and “torment” her friends by reading them.

· · 2011

Critical edition

Cope, Wendy. "Stress." If I Don't Know. Faber & Faber, 2001. 14 l., ISBN 9780571209552

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