High Windows

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Faber & Faber, Jan 1, 1979 - English poetry - 42 pages
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Larkin's final collection of poems shows, as does all his best work, his ability to adapt contemporary speech rhythms and everyday vocabulary to subtle metrical patterns and poetic forms. Many of the poems in the collection, which includes some of his best-known pieces ('The Old Fools', 'This Be the Verse', 'The Explosion', and the title poem) show the preoccupation with death and transience that is so typical of the poet.

Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:

The sun-comprehending glass,

And beyond it, the deep blue air, that shows

Nothing, and is nowhere, and is endless.

from 'High Windows'

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User Review  - Ruth - Goodreads

It must be worth four stars for the truism, "They fuck you up, your mum and dad." The problem with reading Larkin, is that his most famous poems have become so absorbed into culture, that they're ... Read full review

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User Review  - Serene Lim - Goodreads

A handful of masterpieces amongst mostly mediocre works I struggled to get through. Having said that, 'High Windows', 'This Be The Verse', 'Money' and 'The Old Fools' make it worth the effort. Read full review

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About the author (1979)

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 and was educated at King Henry VIII School, Coventry, and St John's College, Oxford. As well as his volumes of poems, which include The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows, he wrote two novels, Jill and A Girl in Winter, and two books of collected journalism: All What Jazz: A Record Diary, and Required Writing: Miscellaneous Prose. He worked as a librarian at the University of Hull from 1955 until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation, and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry, and the WHSmith Award.

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