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Larkin ascending

Near­ly missed it; an intel­li­gent, allu­sive, gos­sipy memo­r­i­al of Philip Larkin by Mar­tin Amis in the FT. A teas­er for Amis’s forth­com­ing col­lec­tion of Larkin poems. Amis apt­ly quotes lots of them in his arti­cle; which is, in part, what makes it such fun to read. This is the key to Larkin: his fric­tion­less mem­o­ra­bil­i­ty. […]

Hippocrene Hull

I knew where the atra­bil­ious Philip Larkin and the tran­scen­dent Andrew Mar­vell (“I by the tide of Hum­ber would com­plain…”) came from. But not this: “Hull It may be bot­tom of many league tables but Aus­tralian writer Peter Porter called it “the most poet­ic city in Eng­land”. Philip Larkin, Andrew Mar­vell, Dou­glas Dunn, Andrew Motion […]