Philip Larkin Quotes

A serious house on serious earth it is, In whose blent air all our compulsions meet, Are recognised, and robed as destinies, And that much never can be obsolete,
Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. Church Going (l. 55-58). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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And here we have that splendid family I never ran to when I got depressed, The boys all biceps and the girls all chest....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I Remember, I Remember."
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Nothing significant was really said, Though all agreed the talk superb....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Nothing significant was really said."
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Here, where no love is, All that was hopeless And kept me from sleeping Is frail and unsure....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The horns of the morning."
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My liturgy would employ Images of sousing, A furious devout drench....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Water."
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But superstition, like belief, must die, And what remains when disbelief has gone? Grass, weedy pavement, brambles, buttress, sky,
Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. Church Going (l. 34-36). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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"Nothing, like something, happens anywhere."
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I Remember, I Remember."
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"O what unlucky streak Twisting inside me, made me break the line? What was the rock my gliding childhood struck, And what bright unreal path has led me here?"
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Nothing significant was really said."
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The house on the edge of the serious wood Was aware, was aware Of why he came there....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The house on the edge of the serious wood."
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If I were called in To construct a religion I should make use of water.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Water."
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