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Jenny Joseph
Jenny Joseph (born 7 May 1932) is an English poet. Her poem Warning ("When I am an old woman I shall wear purple/With a red hat which doesn't go and doesn't suit me... ") was identified as the UK's "most popular post-war poem" in a 1996 poll by the BBC. Joseph was awarded the 1986 James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her fiction work Persepone. She was born in Birmingham, and studied English literature at St Hilda's College, Oxford, before becoming a journalist. She has worked for the Bedfordshire Times, the Oxford Mail and Drum Publications (Johannesburg, South Africa). Her best known poem, Warning, was written in 1961 and included in her 1974 collection Rose In the Afternoon and the Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse. In 1995, she was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Society of Authors. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me... [read poem]
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