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Truly, though our element is time,
We are not suited to the long perspectives
Open at each instant of our lives.
They link us to our losses: worse,
The show us what we have as it once was,
Blindly undiminished, just as though
By acting differently we could have kept it so.


Philip Larkin
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Excellent find, Chris. I sometims think it is only poets who have the capacity, much less the courage, for this kind of comprehension. It is true you know. Sentient beings we may be. Still not equiped for the long perspective.

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Glad this speaks to you, Tere. Got a gift certificate for Christmas and bought collected poems of Larkin. I like him very much though I have no idea if he's in or out of favor these days,

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I think he's in but he might be out.

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from "Faith Healing"

By now all's wrong. In everyone there sleeps
A sense of life lived according to love.
To some it means the difference they could make
By loving others, but across most it sweeps
As all they might have done had they been loved.
That nothing cures. An immense slackening ache,
As when thawing, the rigid landscape, weeps,


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If Larkin is out, I wonder what that says about our times? He's in, in my book. Thanks for the excerpts, Chris.
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Hi Chris,

Thought you might be interested in this review of The Complete Poems by Philip Larkin:

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Been meaning to ask you what drew you to Larkin's work, what made you decide to use your gift certificate to buy his book?
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hi Kat,

If that review is the one from 'Arts and Letters,' I read it yesterday. The review I read depicted Larkin as playing down his poet persona, kind of avoiding the whole scene. He was much more serious than he let on.

So I think I read some reference to Larkin on one of the poetry boards, got curious and checked out a book of his poetry from the library. I liked it very much and decided I wanted to own a copy. I find a lot of good information on these boards, unschooled as I am.

Chris

Oh cool! Your link is to a different article, thanks!

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