9 August 1922 – 2 December 1985
Above all, though, children are linked to adults by the simple fact that they are in process of turning into them. For this they may be forgiven much. Children are bound to be inferior to adults, or there is no incentive to grow up.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. (First published 1959). "The Savage Seventh," Required Writing (1984).
15 Apr 2018 11:30
Larkin is like Fritos: you can read a book of his poems but nobody can read just one. Such a tonic!
29 Nov 2014 02:32
New, impressive biography out by James Booth. Reviewed in WSJ,11/28/14. Maybe Dan Reynolds should read.
23 Sep 2014 07:31
You show some promise, but the archaic language lets you down. Try to read some good contemporary poets and expand your thoughts without the restriction of form.