Philip Larkin

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Amis, Hitchens and Larkin: bad behaviour and a messy personal life were once a gift for authors. Not any more | Martha Gill
Flaws used to feed their sales but now writers are expected to be saints

Martha Gill

27, May, 2023 @5:31 PM

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Philip Larkin: a canary in the coalmine of cancel culture | Rachel Cooke
Hull University in midwinter provided a perfect backdrop for a centenary lecture series on its most famous librarian

Rachel Cooke

10, Dec, 2022 @4:00 PM

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The Guardian view on Philip Larkin at 100: a lasting gift | Editorial
Editorial: Whatever we may feel about the man, some things are eternal, and in his work he found the words for them


25, Sep, 2022 @5:25 PM

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They muck you up… Philip Larkin’s lament on sewage in our seas | Letter
Letter: Helen Taylor is impressed by the current relevance of the poem Going, Going, commissioned 50 years ago by the Department of the Environment


26, Aug, 2022 @4:43 PM

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Philip Larkin flinched from intimacy – how would he have coped with social media?
A century after the poet’s birth, Imtiaz Dharker introduces her own poem about the grumpy great, Swiping left on Larkin

Imtiaz Dharker

09, Aug, 2022 @2:53 PM

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Philip Larkin’s profound and beautiful poetry sent me back to the classroom | Rachel Cooke
The exam board that dropped the poet and others from the curriculum has overlooked their effects on young minds

Rachel Cooke

25, Jun, 2022 @2:00 PM

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Nadhim Zahawi: axing Larkin and Owen poems for GCSE is cultural vandalism
Education secretary denounces exam board’s decision to replace the two poets in English literature course

Richard Adams Education editor

23, Jun, 2022 @11:40 AM

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Poem of the week: Last Hope by Ben Wilkinson
This version of a sonnet by the French symbolist poet Paul Verlaine has a down-to-earth lyricism recalling Philip Larkin’s

Carol Rumens

30, May, 2022 @9:28 AM

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What I’ve learned from 10 years of therapy - and why it’s time to stop
Therapy was like finding a key for a door that had been locked my whole life. Here are the nine things it’s taught me

Hannah Booth

30, Apr, 2022 @7:00 AM

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I’m thrilled we’ll get to read John le Carré’s letters – but what can this dying art reveal? | Stephanie Merritt
We like to think private correspondence reveals all, but the truth is a lot more complicated

Stephanie Merritt

27, Mar, 2022 @7:30 AM

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And did those feet: 10 walks inspired by famous poets
Matching rich verse with great scenery, these strolls follow in the footsteps of some of our greatest wordsmiths, from William Blake to Carol Ann Duffy

Kevin Rushby

03, Mar, 2022 @7:00 AM

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Pomp, circumstance and very bad poetry | Brief letters
Brief letters: Jubilee poems | Royal bias | Lisztomania | Subpostmasters

18, Feb, 2022 @6:01 PM

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