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August 9, 2013

Larkin as Monument and Sewer

Philip Larkin    (1922 - )

Philip Larkin
(1922 – )

by Steve King

On this day in 1922 Philip Larkin was born. Larkin’s mordant tone and accessible verse became so popular in mid-twentieth-century Britain that he was offered the Poet Laureateship-a position which he characteristically declined. Over the next decade, after his Collected Poems, his Selected Letters and a biography by Andrew Motion (then himself Poet Laureate) appeared, some found “the sewer under the national monument Larkin became.”

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