Skip to content

Poem Reviews

At Grass

May 2012 Nomination: At Grass [3 January 1950. From The Less Deceived (1955)] This poem reminds me forcibly of Philip’s strong attachment to the RSPCA and his utter loathing

Read More »

Afternoons

April 2012 Nomination: Afternoons [September 1959. From The Whitsun Weddings] This poem was written when Philip Larkin lived in his top flat in Pearson Park in Hull. He

Read More »

The Building

March 2012 Nomination: The Building [9 February 1972. From High Windows] Having suffered a minor stroke at the beginning of the month, I spent the first two weeks

Read More »

Ambulances

February 2012 Nomination: Ambulances [10 January 1961. From The Less Deceived] Rather like ‘Aubade’, this poem is a portrait of Larkin’s fear and contemplation of death. Yet it

Read More »

I Remember, I Remember

January 2012 Nomination: I Remember, I Remember [8 January 1954. From The Less Deceived] Although Philip Larkin and I come from different worlds and diffferent decades, we share

Read More »

Winter Nocturne

December 2011 Nomination: Winter Nocturne [December 1938. From Collected Poems (1988)] My choice reflects the month of shorter days, Philip Larkin’s first published poem, now 73 years old in

Read More »

Street Lamp

November 2011 Nomination: Street Lamps [September 1939. From Collected Poems (1988)] With so many superb mature works available, why have I chosen a poem written when Larkin was a

Read More »

The Trees

October 2011 Nomination: The Trees [2 June 1967. From High Windows] ‘The Trees’ is a poem that I have always enjoyed because it immediately resonates with one of

Read More »

Breadfruit

September 2011 Nomination: Breadfruit [19 November 1961. From Collected Poems (1988)] This is a poem that proclaims itself Larkin’s in many ways: by theme, by style and most delightfully

Read More »

Days

July 2011 Nomination: Days [3 August 1953. From The Whitsun Weddings] As Director of the Philip Larkin Centre I am always pleased to discover new writing that spins

Read More »

Love

June 2011 Nomination: Love [7 December 1962. From Collected Poems 1988] In 1981 my father died very suddenly and my mother came to stay with me for a few

Read More »

Poem

Ad
Ad
Ad
RT @TimGardiner3: new run report for @hbparkrun my 77th different #parkrun - Larkin around the Alps - contains many references to one of th…
3
Please get your tickets for the AGM at the wonderful King Henry VIII School in Coventry Sat 11th June- a guided tour round Larkin's old school, fascinating talks, lunch and a good catch up with fellow PLS members, of course. https://t.co/k2ZGgWByFJ
2 2
RT @holisticEoL: Early 🏃🏻‍♀️around @HullYorkMed this morning. Find beautiful cemetery filled with flowers, and next to it an abundant allot…
3

Sign up to our mailing list to receive our newsletters and notice of events