Philip Larkin

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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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This be the verse for the Queen’s jubilee: Philip Larkin, Ted Hughes and Elizabeth II | Letters
Letter: David Evans recalls Philip Larkin’s poem for the silver jubilee and his pastiche of what he imagined Ted Hughes might write

Letters

11, Feb, 2022 @6:02 PM

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Alan Johnson: ‘I read Animal Farm at 14 and it changed my life’
The author and former home secretary on disliking Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend and his fondness for PG Wodehouse

Alan Johnson

17, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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Piers Plowright obituary
Award-winning BBC radio producer whose fascination with people fuelled documentaries and drama

Melvyn Bragg

06, Aug, 2021 @6:48 PM

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The reputation game: how authors try to control their image from beyond the grave
The row over a new biography of Philip Roth has exposed the way agents and estates restrict access and manage archives to maintain a writer’s posthumous good name

Edward Helmore

23, May, 2021 @2:36 PM

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