Born in 1922 in Coventry, England. He attended St. John's College, Oxford.
His first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945 and, though not particularly strong on its own, is notable insofar as certain passages foreshadow the unique sensibility and maturity that characterizes his later work. In 1946, Larkin discovered the poetry of Thomas Hardy and became a great admirer of his poetry, learning from Hardy how to make the commonplace and often dreary details of his life the basis for extremely tough, unsparing, and memorable poems. With his second volume of poetry, The Less Deceived (1955), Larkin became the preeminent poet of his generation, and a leading voice of ... more »
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''And girls you have to tell to pull their socks upPhilip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Administration."
Are those whose pants you'd most like to pull down.''
''And why was allPhilip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Deep Analysis."
Your body sharpened against me, vigilant,
Watchful, when all I meant
Was to make it bright, that it might stand
Burnished before my tent?''
''calm and dry,Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. Lines on a Young Lady's Photograph Album (l. 42-45). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwait...
It holds you like a heaven, and you lie
Unvariably lovely there,
Smaller and clearer as the years go by.''
''Books; china; a lifePhilip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Poetry of Departures."
''"A woman has ten claws,"Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The North Ship."
Sang the drunken boatswain....''
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