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Category: Poetry
Author: Philip Larkin, Archie Burnett
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Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
Counts: 556
Original Format: Hardcover, 729 pages
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Publisher: March 27th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2012)
Language: English
ISBN: 0374126968
ISBN13: 9780374126964
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Tags: Fiction   Poetry   Literature   European Literature   British Literature  
Original Title: The Complete Poems
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This entirely new edition brings together all of Philip Larkin's poems. In addition to those that appear in Collected Poems (1988) and Early Poems and Juvenilia (2005), some unpublished pieces from Larkin's typescripts and workbooks are included, as well as verse-by turns scurrilous, satirical, affectionate, and sentimental-that had been tucked away in his letters. The manuscript and printed sources have been scrutinized afresh, more detailed accounts than hitherto available of the sources of the text and dates of composition are provided, and previous accounts of composition dates have been corrected. Variant wordings from Larkin's typescripts and the early printings are recorded.
For the first time, Larkin's 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. Due prominence is given to the poet's comments on his own poems, which often outline the circumstances that gave rise to a poem or indicate what he was trying to achieve. Larkin played down his literariness, but his poetry enrichingly alludes to and echoes the writings of many others, Archie Burnett's commentary establishes him as a more complex and more literary poet than many readers have suspected.

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