Philip Larkin Quotes

wondering, too, When churches fall completely out of use What we shall turn them into, if we shall keep A few cathedrals chronically on show,
Philip Larkin (1922-1985), British poet. Church Going (l. 21-24). . . Collected Poems of Philip Larkin. Anthony Thwaite, ed. (1988) Farrar, Straus and Giroux.
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And, in those offices, my doggerel Was not set up in blunt ten-point, nor read By a distinguished cousin of the mayor....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I Remember, I Remember."
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For nations vague as weed, For nomads among stones, Small-statured cross-faced tribes And cobble-close families In mill-towns on dark mornings Life is slow dying.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Nothing To Be Said."
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As he watched from windows in the failing light For his world that was always just out of sight Where weakness was part of the ordinary landscape And the friendly road knew his footstep, his footstep.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The house on the edge of the serious wood."
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Can it be borne, this bodying-forth by wind Of joy my actions turn on, like a thread Carrying beads?
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Wedding-Wind."
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Submission is the only good; Let me become an instrument sharply stringed For all things to strike music as they please.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Climbing the hill within the deafening wind."
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I see a girl dragged by the wrists Across a dazzling field of snow, And there is nothing in me that resists. Once it would not be so....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I see a girl dragged by the wrists."
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So every journey that I make Leads me, as in the story he was led, To some new ambush, to some fresh mistake: So every journey I begin foretells A weariness of daybreak, spread With carrion kisses, carrion farewells.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Nursery Tale."
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Seeking in one place always another, And travelling further from mother, from mother....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The house on the edge of the serious wood."
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Can even death dry up These new delighted lakes, conclude Our kneeling as cattle by all-generous waters?
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Wedding-Wind."
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