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James Falconer Kirkup (England, 23 April 1918 – Andorra, 10 May 2009) was a prolific English poet, translator and travel writer. He was brought up in South Shields, and educated at South Shields Secondary School and Durham University. He wrote over 30 books, including autobiographies, novels and plays. He became a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1962.

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  • ''We find we breathe again, and hear the surgeon hum.
    Outside, in the street, a car starts up. The heart regularly
    Thunders.—''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 66-68). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed....
  • ''She who does not know she is a patient lies
    Within a tent of green, and sleeps without a sound''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed....
  • Cleanly, sir, you went to the core of the matter.
    Using the purest kind of wit, a balance of belief and art,
    You with a curious nervous elegance laid bare
    The root of life, and pu...
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (...
  • ''with proper grace
    Informing a correct compassion, that performs its love, and makes it
    live.''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 71-72). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed....
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