Nomination: An Arundel Tomb [20 February 1956. From The Whitsun Weddings]
This month marks the 5th anniversary of my father – David Rees’ death. Dad was for a time webmaster of the Larkin website, but more than this genuinely loved Larkin’s poetry. When Dad was ill I know that his affinity and understanding of Larkin’s work sustained him. It also provided me with an insight into thoughts and feelings he did not necessarily feel able to express himself. Dad chose this poem to be read at his funeral. I cannot provide any commentary or critical analysis, but this is why the poem is so important to me.