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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Review: High WindowsUser 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
Review: High WindowsUser 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