Jenny Joseph

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Jenny Joseph (7 May 1932 – 8 January 2018) was an English poet. Her poem Warning was identified as the UK's "most popular post-war poem" in a 1996 poll by the BBC.


  • 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 sandals, and say we've no money for butter.
  • I was raised to feel that doing nothing was a sin. I had to learn to do nothing.
    • The Observer, 19 April, 1998, p. 23

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