Philip Larkin () was undoubtedly one of the greatest English poets of the late 20th century. He is generally regarded as a pessimist. If A.N. Wilson had to name one poem of unquestionable greatness, it would be Philip Larkin’s “Aubade”. Aubade. Philip Larkin. I work all day, and get half drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain edges will grow light. Till then I see.

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Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. My taste in poetry has evolved since the days when I knew Philip Larkin personally. I loved this poem. Statue of Philip Larkin author: The sky is white as clay, with no sun.

Maria marked it as to-read Jan 01, Olivia Muenz marked it as to-read Jan 01, It was published in the Times Literary Supplement on December 23, In other words, Smith is saying it is illogical to fear death because surely, the dead do not lament their own ends. He died inaged Postmen like doctors go from house to house. Moderation FAQs How we moderate reader comments. Shortly after graduating he was appointed municipal librarian at Wellington, Shropshire. The Philip Larkin I knew.

Philip Larkin’s almost perfect poem

He is often described as having been an extremely solitary man, almost hermit like in his living styles and arrangements. Post was not sent – check your email addresses!


But the rest of the verse, in which he itemises just what it is that we dread about extinction, for me – at any rate – spoils it.

From this, readers can surmise that the poet does not believe in any form of afterlife, whether that be heaven, reincarnation, or otherwise. As the sun rises, he says goodbye to his most honest form of consciousness and greets the dawn with disengaged condescension.

Crystal rated it really liked it Aug 06, Philip Larkin does just this in his poem Aubade by reflecting on the existential agonies that plague a man in the hours before dawn. Erotic dawn-songs of the Middle Ages: No trivia or quizzes yet. There is something consolatory about it, for all its bleakness. It is difficult to highlight lines — any will equally do to suggest the way truthful beauty can transcend the downward pull of its subject matter.

Aubade by Philip Larkin, poem found at: He had begun the poem inthe year that his final collection High Windows appeared, but he laid it aside and returned to it three years later, in the summer of But the most striking image in the whole poem is perhaps that found in the final line, which describes postmen going from house to house, like doctors.

Philip Larkin’s almost perfect poem – Telegraph

Quite like Modern poetry, his lyricism is his way of depicting aubase and common experiences of the human kind. Christian Belanger rated it really liked it Mar 19, The more vatic practitioners – Heath-Stubbs, Hughes, Hill, all of whom he despised – take us into a new world, or show us our own, without delivering so many injunctions.


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I work all day, and get half-drunk at night. By that, I do not mean poetry that alludes to gods or fauns, but one that either creates, or draws upon, a mythology of shared reference outside immediate experience.

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Daniel Lomax rated it really liked it May 11, Matteus added it May 19, Although the meditation in the poem takes place during the early hours of the morning, there is none of the celebratory zest found uabade often in poetic aubades. He was born on August 9,in Coventry, Warwickshire, England. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.

Whilst at Oxford he met Kingsley Amis, who would become a lifelong friend and frequent correspondent.