Philip Larkin Quotes

The walking of girls' vulnerable feet, The heart in its own endless silence kneeling.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Climbing the hill within the deafening wind."
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For the first time I'm content to see What poor mortar and bricks I have to build with, knowing that I can Never in seventy years be more a man Than now a sack of meal upon two sticks.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I see a girl dragged by the wrists."
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All I remember is The horseman, the moonlit hedges The hoofbeats shut suddenly in the yard....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Nursery Tale."
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... for the motives of acts Are rarely the same As their name, as their name....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The house on the edge of the serious wood."
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The wind blew all my wedding-day, And my wedding-night was the night of the high wind....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Wedding-Wind."
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Come then to prayers And kneel upon the stone, For we have tried All courages on these despairs, And are required lastly to give up pride, And the last difficult pride in being humble.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Come then to prayers."
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If I can keep against all argument Such image of a snow-white unicorn, Then as I pray it may for sanctuary Descend at last to me, And put into my hand its golden horn.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "I see a girl dragged by the wrists."
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Remember then our only shape is death When mask and face are nailed apart at last. Range-finding laughter, and ambush of tears, Machine-gun practice on the heart's desires....
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "Observation."
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Here no elsewhere underwrites my existence.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "The Importance of Elsewhere."
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Although glad for the grain, we are Aware of the husk. And winter closes on us like a shroud.
Philip Larkin (1922-1986), British poet. "We see the spring breaking across rough stone."
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