Philip Larkin Quotes

Don't read much now: the dude Who lets the girl down before The hero arrives, the chap Who's yellow and keeps the store, Seem far too familiar. Get stewed: Books are a load of crap.
Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. A Study of Reading Habits (l. 13-18). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Sixty years ago they smiled At lover, husband, first-born child. Smiles are for youth. For old age come Death's terror and delirium.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Heads in the Women's Ward."
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And everywhere the stifling mass of night Swamps the bright nervous day, and puts it out.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Midsummer Night, 1940."
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Grave pristine absolutes Walked in my mind....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Spirit Wooed, The."
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Moving, yet still. So they run on, Until, with a falter, A flicker soon gone Their pace starts to alter....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Tops."
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Almanacked, their names live; they Have slipped their names, and stand at ease, Or gallop for what must be joy,
Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. At Grass (l. 24-26). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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Heaviest of flowers, the head Forever hangs above a stormless bed....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Heaviest of flowers, the head."
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The angels yawning in an empty heaven; Alternate shows of dynamite and rain; And choosing forced on free will: fire or ice.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Midsummer Night, 1940."
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My only crime Was holding you too dear. Was that the cause You daily came less near a pause Longer than life, if you decide it so?
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Spirit Wooed, The."
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To put one brick upon another, Add a third, and then a fourth, Leaves no time to wonder whether What you do has any worth.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "To put one brick upon another."
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