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'He wasn't Larkin about!'

Advantages: Profound but down to Earth - a poetic genius...
Disadvantages: You'll either love him or hate him!

Philip Larkin, an insight into the genius, the poet, the man… I have to admit that when I first started to study Larkin for my A – levels, it was difficult not to curse him, let alone like him! On the surface, Larkin appears to be a misogynistic and se ...

clairearnold 09.08.2004 · Read full review
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Review of The Whitsun Weddings - Philip Larkin

The truss-advertisement of truth

Advantages: Gorgeous
Disadvantages: Gloomy

Why read poetry? It's hardly the most popular art form; most of us prefer to escape into a film, a soap or fantasy fiction. To be honest, I don't often read it myself. One or two poets, though, keep me coming back. Philip Larkin is one of them. I know he' ...

Silverback 30.04.2003 · Read full review
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Review of The Whitsun Weddings - Philip Larkin

That which survives...

Advantages: Stunning, meaningful poetry
Disadvantages: Too small a book!

...My introduction to Philip Larkin and his collection of verse,' The Whitsun Weddings' I owe to my friend David Evennett, one-time Member of Parliament for Erith and Crayford. Back when I was researcher for a Member of Parliament, I had an avocation as a po ...

frkurt 07.06.2004 · Read full review
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A Misogynistic Grumpy Old Fart

Advantages: Realist and humourous
Disadvantages: Some may be offended by his sexism

I think Larkin, believe it or not, would have accepted that title and maybe would have secretly tittered that a 25 year old woman wants to even bother writing an opinion on him. I was introduced to Philip Larkin’s work whilst studying English Lit ...

HappyBunny 05.10.2001 · Read full review
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Curmudgeon

Advantages: Believable criticisms of life, well written
Disadvantages: Not particularly interesting, dull and depressing to read.

...I am not a great fan of poetry, and even less a fan of depressing, unfunny and tedious commentaries on British life in the 20th century. It's not surprising that I didn't enjoy reading one of Larkin's most famous anthologies, "the Whitsun Weddings." T ...

gunmenoftheapocalypse 15.12.2003 · Read full review
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