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Standard Name: Larkin, Philip
Birth Name: Philip Arthur Larkin
PL is now widely regarded as one of the leading English poets of the later twentieth century. His output was small and his chosen form is brief, tightly structured, rhyming and self-contained, using a demotic vocabulary of deceptive simplicity. Though he often expresses brief, exuberant joy, he also returns again and again to the prospect of personal death, and the general tone of his poems is downbeat. He also published two novels as well as volumes of his reviews (of jazz and books), and other occasional prose writings.
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A note in the volume explains that it reprints the published contents of Twenty and adds only those poems which the author herself had selected for publication from her other works.
From it Philip Larkin
These poems were written on the border between England and Scotland, or in Scotland itself, over a three-year period.
Philip Larkin included two of them, The World and Two Invocations of Death...
Stanford, Donald E., editor. Dictionary of Literary Biography 20. Gale Research, 1983.
|Anthologization||E. J. Scovell||
This volume adds new poems to some reprinted. To the same year belongs her often-quoted comment: I should like the surface [of her poetry] to be entirely clear, and the meaning entirely implicit.
Blain, Virginia, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy, editors. The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women Writers from the Middle Ages to the Present. Yale University Press; Batsford, 1990.
|Anthologization||E. J. Scovell|
|Friends, Associates||Elizabeth Jennings||
She had a remarkably catholic talent for friendship. During her student days she became a friend of Philip Larkin and Kingsley Amis . Her correspondents at this and later periods of her life included her...
|Friends, Associates||Barbara Pym||
Philip Larkin 's letter to BP expressing admiration for No Fond Return of Love began a lifelong correspondence of mutual critique and appreciation.
Allen, Orphia Jane. Barbara Pym: Writing a Life. Scarecrow Press, 1994.
Pym, Barbara. A Very Private Eye. Holt, Hazel and Hilary PymEditors , Macmillan, 1984.
201, 291, 334
|Friends, Associates||Barbara Pym||
In a letter to Philip Larkin , Pym remarked, Iris was much smaller than I imagined—I'd always thought of her as tall, but I seemed to tower above her (though only in height, of course)...
Her cancer was diagnosed early, a fact of which she was appreciative. In a letter to Philip Larkin two months after her operation she wrote that the tumour was luckily caught when very small so...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Dorothy Wellesley||
Horses did a great deal to ensure DW 's continuing reputation. Yeats particularly praised the lines on the wild grey asses fleet / With stripe from head to tail, and moderate ears.
Yeats, W. B., and Dorothy Wellesley. “Introduction”. Selections from the Poems of Dorothy Wellesley, Macmillan, 1936, p. vii - xv.
|Intertextuality and Influence||Carol Shields||
She took up poetry by a strangely roundabout route. Having noticed that in novels she read the female characters were hopelessly unlifelike, she was forcibly struck by an honest portrayal of a woman produced by...
|Intertextuality and Influence||Wendy Cope|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Christina Rossetti|
|Intertextuality and Influence||Carol Rumens||
The first item in the collection invokes Eugenio Montale as a poet of the minute detail as well as the historical vision (which, says a reviewer, effectively describes her own practice). Philip Larkin is also...
|Intertextuality and Influence||U. A. Fanthorpe||
UAF was anthologized by Adrian Barlow in Calling Kindred: Poems from the English Speaking World, 1993. At Poetry International 2000, she chose Robert Browning as her Presiding Spirit.
Other influences she claimed are...
Connolly, Sally. “Woolly whispers of the past”. Times Literary Supplement, p. 25.
The poet Michael Horovitz successfully brought poetry to a mass audience at the Albert Hall in London for a poetry festival evening of reading by Underground poets, jazz poets, Liverpool poets, and protest poets.
10 September 2003
Guardian Unlimited Books named as Site of the Week a website entitled Poetry Landmarks of Britain: a map of poetic assocations plotted on an interactive map of Britain, searchable by region or category.