The Importance Of Innocence In Wendy Cope's Reading Scheme

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As a little girl, I saw the world in the best light simply because innocence clouded my judgement. As a child, I was innocent of mortality, as a teen hope, and as a young adult love. However, later on that innocence took on the role of ignorance. Not in the sense of not being knowledgeable or educated on the matter, but rather knowing it all too well that I choose not to acknowledge it. Innocence can be served as an instrument to block out surroundings when problems arise. It is an illusion of reality to protect what the individual desires to be true to what is actual. In Wendy Cope’s poem “Reading Scheme,” Cope writes about an affair more from the perspective of children by using the villanelle form to illustrate the inability of the…show more content…
Her writing style has double meaning to it. The serious tone hides between the lines of humor. Now that we have established a foundation for our argument let’s move on to analyzing Cope’s poem by looking at what is happening within it. The poem is about a mother having an affair with the milkman. Toward the end of the poem the husband returns home and discovers what his wife has done and goes after the milkman. All the while the children, Peter and Jane, are watching what is taking place, but are also easily distracted by other things that are happening. For example, they are distracted by the dog or playing with their doll and ball. We can see this in the recurring line, “Look at the dog! See him run!” and in the first stanza “Jane has a big doll. Peter has a ball”. They are playing and get excited when they see the milkman arrive. We know the milkman is interested in the mother because the third stanza tells us, “The milkman like Mummy”. However, the mother, “likes them all” which could imply she has been with other men, not only the milkman, whom are not her husband. The poem is written in villanelle form with a simple rhyme-scheme and repetition that mimics the language of children’s books. Since the poem stays within the guideline of the villanelle form, it is perfect. Moving on, Cope’s perfect villanelle form and the analysis of “the closing curtains” help to support our argument innocence is an illusion. Consider the

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