The 50 greatest British writers since 1945 –
n° 1: Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin born on 9 August, 1922 in Convetry, England. He study in Oxford College in the years of Second World War.
Larkin’s first poems to be published in the Magazine The Listener in 1940, like “A Stone Church Damage By A Bomb” and “Mythological Introduction”. Six years late seems his novel “Jill”, one before “A Girl in Winter” is published. Only in 1950, in a small and particular print Larkin publish a collection of his poems. A book with the a collection of his poems only be published in commercial edition in 1955, under the title “The Less Deceived”, the book receive good critics and begin to foundation his reputation.
In 1965 Larkin is awarded to the prize Queen Gold Medal for Poetry, one year after he published “The Whitsun Weddings”. “High Windows” emerges in 1974, and fixing his reputation as a the greatest poets of English Literature.
James Orwin’s biography text of Larkin affirm: “'Aubade', his last great poem, was published in The Times Literary Supplement in December 1977. If this had been the only poem Larkin had ever written, his place in English poetry would still be secure.”
Certainly the recognition of Larkin geniality came in the last years of his life. Received many prize until his dead in 1985 for a cancer.
A poem for Philip Larkin :
Lambs that learn to walk in snow
When their bleating clouds the air,
Meet a vast unwelcome, know
Nothing but a sunless glare
Newly stumbling to and fro
All they find, outside the fold,
Is a wretched width of cold.
As they wait beside the ewe,
Her fleeces wetly caked, there lies
Hidden round them, waiting too,
Earth's immeasurable surprise.
They could not grasp it if they knew,
What so soon will wake and grow
Utterly unlike the snow.
Reference for the poem and Biography by James L. Orwin cited on Post:
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