Philip Larkin Quotes

And the case of butterflies so rich it looks As if all summer settled there and died.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Autumn."
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For sleeping, like death, Must be won without pride, With a nod from nature, With a lack of strain, And a loss of stature.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "How to Sleep."
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Never to walk from the station's lamps and laurels Carrying my father's lean old leather case Crumbling like the register at the hotel....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Negative Indicative."
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I lie and wait for morning, and the birds, The first steps going down the unswept street, Voices of girls with scarves around their heads.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The bottle is drunk out by one."
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Asking to die: "To die, dear God, before a scum of doubt Smear the whole universe, and smudge it out." Meanwhile the bees fumbled among the flowers.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Under a splendid chestnut tree."
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We shall achingcold be here Not singing. Outside, the frost will bite, thaw, then return; Inside, the candle will burn.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Autumn has caught us in our summer wear."
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Child in the womb, Or saint on a tomb Which way shall I lie To fall asleep?
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "How to Sleep."
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No one pretends To want to help you now. For interest passes Always towards the young and more insistent....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Neurotics."
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The bottle is drunk out by one; At two, the book is shut; At three, the lovers lie apart, Love and its commerce done....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The bottle is drunk out by one."
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All boyhood's treasure-trove a hortus siccus Of tits and knickers, Baited his unused sex like tsetse flies, Till, maddened, it charged out without disguise And made the headlines.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Under a splendid chestnut tree."
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