Francis Duggan

Phillip Larkin - Poem by Francis Duggan

Born in the early nineteen twenties and in the mid nineteen eighties he passed away
A poetic legend in his lifetime and his legend lives today
Phillip Larkin the hero of many a Literary Don
The poet is at peace but his verse living on.

Phillip Larkin from Coventry few greater than he
Though some with that assumption may well not agree
Some say in some of his poems he used words that were rude
But then every poet is a creature of mood.

For Nature Poet Larkin showed his empathy
For the hedgehog who died under his grass mower his words of sympathy
Will live on for centuries in honour of his name
One who loved Nature as he did well worthy of fame.

A Natural Wordsmith and his type are rare
And few poets with Phillip Larkin can hope to compare
In his lifetime celebrated and very well known
And in his brand of verse in a class of his own.

The fans of Larkin's poetry as fans do remain
And his verses they visit again and again
And though some of his poems some may find a bit rude
From the Literary Hall of Fame he's one they can't exclude.

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Poem Submitted: Friday, April 4, 2008

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