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The complete poems of the most admired British poet of his generation

This entirely new edition brings together all of Philip Larkins poems. In addition to those that appear in Collected Poems (1988) and Early Poems and Juvenilia (2005), some unpublished pieces from Larkins typescripts and workbooks are included, as well as verse—by turns scurrilous, satirical, affectionate, and sentimental—that had been tucked away in his letters. 

     For the first time, Larkins poems are given a comprehensive commentary. This draws critically upon, and substantially extends, the accumulated scholarship on Larkin, and covers closely relevant historical contexts, persons and places, allusions and echoes, and linguistic usage. Prominence is given to the poets comments on his own work, which often outline the circumstances that gave rise to a poem or state that he was trying to achieve. Larkin often played down his literariness, but his poetry enrichingly alludes to and echoes the writings of many others. Archie Burnetts commentary establishes Larkin as a more complex and more literary poet than many readers have suspected.

Review:

"The poems of British master Philip Larkin (1922 — 1985), one of the great mid-century poets in English, have had a frustrating life since the death of their author: this is the third book of Larkin poems bearing the word Collected or Complete in their titles. The first Collected was an edition edited by Anthony Thwaite containing poems Larkin published during his lifetime as well as uncollected and unpublished work, all of its arranged in chronological order, dispensing with Larkin's own arrangement of his poems in his published books. The second Collected redressed this omission by publishing only those poems Larkin collected in the four volumes of poetry — The North Ship; The Less Deceived; The Whitsun Weddings; and the famous High Windows — as arranged in those original volumes. This third edition contains all the poems included in the previous volumes plus poems from Early Poems and Juvenilia as well as other scattered poems not previously published. Burnett also includes comprehensive notes. Larkin was a master versifier, but within strict meter and rhyme he could be both disarmingly casual and utterly precise, the only poet capable of turning a kind of grumpiness into transcendent truth telling: 'Death,' he notes, 'is no different whined at than withstood.' This will be an essential book for poetry lovers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Synopsis:

This entirely new edition brings together all of Philip Larkins poems. In addition to those that appear in Collected Poems (1988) and Early Poems and Juvenilia (2005), some unpublished pieces from Larkins typescripts and workbooks are included, as well as verse—by turns scurrilous, satirical, affectionate, and sentimental—that had been tucked away in his letters. 

For the first time, Larkins poems are given a comprehensive commentary. This draws critically upon, and substantially extends, the accumulated scholarship on Larkin, and covers closely relevant historical contexts, persons and places, allusions and echoes, and linguistic usage. Prominence is given to the poets comments on his own poems, which often outline the circumstances that gave rise to a poem or state what he was trying to achieve. Larkin often played down his literariness, but his poetry enrichingly alludes to and echoes the writings of many others; Archie Burnetts commentary establishes him as a more complex and more literary poet than many readers have suspected.

About the Author

Philip Larkin (1922-1985) grew up in Coventry, England. He was the best-loved poet of his generation and the recipient of innumerable honors, including the Queens Gold Medal for Poetry.

Archie Burnett is co-director of the Editorial Institute and professor of English at Boston University. He has edited the Oxford editions of The Poems of A. E. Housman and The Letters of A. E. Housman.

 

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374126964
Author:
Larkin, Philip
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Author:
Burnett, Archie
Subject:
Single Author - British & Irish
Subject:
European - General
Subject:
Anthologies-United Kingdom Poetry
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20120331
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Index of Titles and First Lines
Pages:
768
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The poems of British master Philip Larkin (1922 — 1985), one of the great mid-century poets in English, have had a frustrating life since the death of their author: this is the third book of Larkin poems bearing the word Collected or Complete in their titles. The first Collected was an edition edited by Anthony Thwaite containing poems Larkin published during his lifetime as well as uncollected and unpublished work, all of its arranged in chronological order, dispensing with Larkin's own arrangement of his poems in his published books. The second Collected redressed this omission by publishing only those poems Larkin collected in the four volumes of poetry — The North Ship; The Less Deceived; The Whitsun Weddings; and the famous High Windows — as arranged in those original volumes. This third edition contains all the poems included in the previous volumes plus poems from Early Poems and Juvenilia as well as other scattered poems not previously published. Burnett also includes comprehensive notes. Larkin was a master versifier, but within strict meter and rhyme he could be both disarmingly casual and utterly precise, the only poet capable of turning a kind of grumpiness into transcendent truth telling: 'Death,' he notes, 'is no different whined at than withstood.' This will be an essential book for poetry lovers." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Synopsis" by , This entirely new edition brings together all of Philip Larkins poems. In addition to those that appear in Collected Poems (1988) and Early Poems and Juvenilia (2005), some unpublished pieces from Larkins typescripts and workbooks are included, as well as verse—by turns scurrilous, satirical, affectionate, and sentimental—that had been tucked away in his letters. 

For the first time, Larkins poems are given a comprehensive commentary. This draws critically upon, and substantially extends, the accumulated scholarship on Larkin, and covers closely relevant historical contexts, persons and places, allusions and echoes, and linguistic usage. Prominence is given to the poets comments on his own poems, which often outline the circumstances that gave rise to a poem or state what he was trying to achieve. Larkin often played down his literariness, but his poetry enrichingly alludes to and echoes the writings of many others; Archie Burnetts commentary establishes him as a more complex and more literary poet than many readers have suspected.

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