Collected Poems

ISBN-10: 0374529205

ISBN-13: 9780374529208

Edition: 2004

Authors: Philip Larkin, Anthony Thwaite

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One of the best-known and best-loved poets of the English-speaking world, Philip Larkin had only a small number of poems published during his lifetime. Collected Poems brings together not only all his books--The North Ship, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings, and High Windows--but also his uncollected poems from 1940 to 1984. This new edition reflects Larkin's own ordering for his poems and is the first collection to present the body of his work with the organization he preferred. Preserving everything he published in his lifetime, the new Collected Poems is an indispensable contribution to the legacy of an icon of twentieth-century poetry.
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List price: $17.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
Publication date: 4/1/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.880
Language: English

Philip Larkin was a British poet, novelist, critic, and essayist. Born in 1922 in Coventry, England, he graduated from St. John's College, Oxford, in 1940 and then pursued a career as a librarian, becoming the librarian at the University of Hull in 1955. Although he led a retiring life and published infrequently, producing only one volume of poetry approximately every 10 years, Larkin was still considered one of the preeminent contemporary British poets. He is often associated with the "Movement," a 1950s literary group that, through the use of colloquial language and common, everyday subjects, endeavored to create poetry that would appeal to the common reader. However, this association came about mainly because Larkin's poem "Church Going," for which he first gained critical attention, was published in New Lines, an anthology of the "Movement" poets. In reality, his work, particularly his later poems, is not typical of the group. Larkin's published a total of only four volumes of poetry: The North Ship (1945), The Less Deceived (1955), The Whitsun Weddings (1964), and High Windows (1974). He also wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and published two volumes of prose, Required Writing and All That Jazz, a collection of his reviews of jazz records. Philip Larkin died in 1985.

Introduction
Acknowledgements
The North Ship
'All catches alight'
'This was your place of birth, this daytime palace'
'The moon is full tonight'
Dawn
Conscript
'Kick up the fire, and let the flames break loose'
'The horns of the morning'
Winter
'Climbing the hill within the deafening wind'
'Within the dream you said'
Night-Music
'Like the train's beat'
'I put my mouth'
Nursery Tale
The Dancer
'The bottle is drunk out by one'
'To write one song, I said'
'If grief could burn out'
Ugly Sister
'I see a girl dragged by the wrists'
'I dreamed of an out-thrust arm of land'
'One man walking a deserted platform'
'If hands could free you, heart'
'Love, we must part now: do not let it be'
'Morning has spread again'
'This is the first thing'
'Heaviest of flowers, the head'
'Is it for now or for always'
'Pour away that youth'
'So through that unripe day you bore your head'
The North Ship
'Waiting for breakfast, while she brushed her hair'
The Less Deceived
Lines on a Young Lady's Photograph Album
Wedding-Wind
Places, Loved Ones
Coming
Reasons for Attendance
Dry-Point
Next, Please
Going
Wants
Maiden Name
Born Yesterday
Whatever Happened?
No Road
Wires
Church Going
Age
Myxomatosis
Toads
Poetry of Departures
Triple Time
Spring
Deceptions
I Remember, I Remember
Absences
Latest Face
If, My Darling
Skin
Arrivals, Departures
At Grass
The Whitsun Weddings
Here
Mr Bleaney
Nothing To Be Said
Love Songs in Age
Naturally the Foundation will Bear Your Expenses
Broadcast
Faith Healing
For Sidney Bechet
Home is so Sad
Toads Revisited
Water
The Whitsun Weddings
Self's the Man
Take One Home for the Kiddies
Days
MCMXIV
Talking in Bed
The Large Cool Store
A Study of Reading Habits
As Bad as a Mile
Ambulances
The Importance of Elsewhere
Sunny Prestatyn
First Sight
Dockery and Son
Ignorance
Reference Back
Wild Oats
Essential Beauty
Send No Money
Afternoons
An Arundel Tomb
High Windows
To the Sea
Sympathy in White Major
The Trees
Livings
Forget What Did
High Windows
Friday Night in the Royal Station Hotel
The Old Fools
Going, Going
The Card-Players
The Building
Posterity
Dublinesque
Homage to a Government
This Be The Verse
How Distant
Sad Steps
Solar
Annus Mirabilis
Vers de Societe
Show Saturday
Money
Cut Grass
The Explosion
Uncollected Poems 1940-1972
Ultimatum
Story
A Writer
May Weather
Observation
Disintegration
Mythological Introduction
A Stone Church Damaged by a Bomb
Femmes Damnees
Plymouth
Portrait
The Dedicated
Modesties
Fiction and the Reading Public
Oils
'Who called love conquering'
'Since the majority of me'
Arrival
Tops
Success Story
Continuing to Live
Pigeons
Breadfruit
Love
'When the Russian tanks roll westward'
How
Heads in the Women's Ward
Uncollected Poems 1974-1984
The Life with a Hole in it
Bridge for the Living
Aubade
1952-1977
'New eyes each year'
The Mower
'Dear CHARLES, My Muse, asleep or dead'
'By day, a lifted study-storehouse'
Party Politics
Composition Dates and Dates of First Appearance
Index of titles
Index of first lines
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