Philip Larkin

1922–1985
Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin wrote poems in a stubbornly old-fashioned manner adopted from Thomas Hardy and W.B. Yeats: most feature set stanzas, regular meter and well-chosen rhymes that clinch his arguments or observations. His matter, meanwhile, is almost always dire: loneliness and the difficulty of love, the obscenity of growing old, the inevitability of death. What makes it all bearable is his absolute frankness and brilliant—if sometimes shocking— sense of humor.

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"I learned that I enjoyed poetry - a lot. I'm known as the "football guy" at my school and it surprised me, and others, that poetry would be a big part of my life. Also, I realized that I not bad at performing and public speaking."
Marquavious Moore
2017 TN POL Champion