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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The eng page of my edition says that Larkin was the "best-loved poet" of his generation. I wonder if he would have agreed. Doubtful. It's terribly good, gray winter poetry, meant to be eaten slowly, like crusty dark rye bread. Read full review

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This volume has the poem that is Larkin's 'My Way', but there are other more layered pieces: Going Going, High Windows are the two standouts and there are more besides depending on the day and mood. Larkin displays his moods, his bitterness and resentments without disguise. 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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