The New Criterion is probably more consistently worth reading than any other magazine in English.
Philip Larkin complete
On Larkin's poetry and two new collections of his work.
was right!Support The
Is Philip Larkin a great poet? Ask most literate readers and the answer is an enormous yes. But detractors still complain that he is a Johnny One-Note, sour about life and unduly obsessed with “the solving emptiness/ That lies just under all we do.” Poets, these critics might further argue, are supposed to “make it new,” while Larkin preferred to make it Georgian. Despite an occasional obscenity or vulgarism, his poems preserve a quiet tone of genteel courtesy, just what you’d expect from a bachelor librarian who dabbled in verse on the side. When young, even Larkin would sometimes wonder if he wasn’t merely a “Peg’s Paper sonneteer, not Auden but Rupert Brooke.” Later in life, he described himself, only half humorously, as “A. E. Housman without the talent or the scholarship.”
Near his writing desk Larkin kept the dozen poets he most loved: Hardy, Wordsworth, Ch ...
This article originally appeared in The New Criterion, Volume 30 April 2012, on page 13
Copyright © 2013 The New Criterion | www.newcriterion.comhttp://www.newcriterion.com/articles.cfm/Philip-Larkin-complete-7328
E-mail to friend
The Central Library Plan's renovations to the New York Public Library will hurt both scholars and average users.
by Marco Grassi
On the art historian Bernard Berenson's life and influence
by Bruce Cole
The folly of Richard Koshalek and the dire financial situation of the Hirshhorn museum
December 19 2013
FRIENDS, YOUNG FRIENDS, AND AUTHORS EVENT: Holiday Party 2013
Introduction to The Kennedy Phenomenon
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "Watching the Kennedy Train-Wreck"
The Kennedy Phenomenon: "The Many Misjudgments of Richard Hofstadter"