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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 10, 2006

    A perfect gift for mum and dad

    Strange, scholarly and irreverent, Larkin's poems have found new meaning in the modern literary age he helped establish as a back-room boy. Sadly, his works quite often exhibit more planning and even, more tasteful mockery than those of his imitators or students. Still, they find their place as true verses for leisure time. This collection affords audiences a rare first-time compilation of Larkin's verse writings. And he is an undeniably required read for fans of the great British comic tradition.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2004


    Larkin¿s Collected Poems is like a greatest hits CD. It puts together some of the most famous and popular poems that have defined his work. The dates of the poems written vary from 1938-1983, so over a time period of forty-five years. The poems are arranged in chronological order which allows the reader to see his progression in style and topics as he matures, and see Larkin from beginning of his writing career to the end. His approach to writing is very much a journey of self-discovery. He uses current experiences, relates them to his past, and then draws conclusions based on both. He uses the voice of a middle aged-man looking back, and his current self looking presently the world around him. Because of his age, he has seen many changes throughout his lifetime and has a great deal of wisdom concerning life. Larkin¿s poetry is very real. He writes about ordinary and everyday situations and tries to give more understanding of them. He explores topics such as sex, religion, love and marriage, and comes to very strong convictions about them through his poetry. Even though you may not agree with his stance on the topic, you will be able to appreciate his writing. His exploration of common place occurrences brings so much truth to the reader¿s daily life. In each moment, he finds something worth writing about. He can make the most ordinary event into a beautiful moment of truth. This really shows his ability to write because he is able to cover all topics. He is concise in his explanation, but chooses such perfect words that it could not have been said better with more. He is a little negative in his approach, but mostly because he is realistic; and reality is not always happy. Larkin is also very much a formal poet. He uses set rhyme schemes and meter and pays close attention to form, but not so much that it dictates his word choice. His ability to use form and still use the language of choice shows a truly talented poet. In many cases form determines so much in the poem that the author is forced to used words that don¿t quite fit. It is obvious in his poetry that this is not the case. His word choice is unbelievable and is definitely one of his main strengths as a writer. Overall I would highly recommend reading Larkin¿s Collected Poems if you enjoy honest and beautiful poetry. If you want cutesy love poems with fluffy language that will uplift your spirits, this is not for you. If you want to read a poet that his strong in his convictions and forces you to examine yourself, this book is more than perfect for you. Some of the poems that this compilation includes that are exceptionally wonderful are: High Windows, Maiden Name, Love, Reasons for Attendance, This Be the Verse, Aubade, and Church Going.

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  • Posted February 11, 2013

    Perhaps the best book of poems in the last fifty years. Larkin a

    Perhaps the best book of poems in the last fifty years.
    Larkin allows us to experience beauty in the face of unwelcoming reality.  Though we may not like it, death is imminent. Yet Larkin's treatment of subjects like death, divorce, and nihilism are enthralling and lovely. He is one of the few poets in recent memory who will blow my mind in every poem. I frequently set this book down to meditate on a line or passage only to pick the book up quickly and rush to the end.
    If you're looking for daises, puppies, cheek-kisses, and summer, look elsewhere. A realistic depiction of the universe and life we find ourselves in? Right here. Experience a master.   

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2006


    Larkin is just too depressing. There is no redemption in these poems. Too dark, Too cynical, and without any truth or beauty. If I could, I'd give this collection zero stars.

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    Posted April 12, 2010

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