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Author: LARKIN, PHILIP
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Larkin, Philip    Poet's Biography
75 poems available by this author


A STUDY OF READING HABITS    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: When getting my nose in a book
Subject(s): Books; Hate; Reading


AGE    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: My age fallen away like white swaddling
Last Line: Or spoor of pads, or a bird's adept splay
Subject(s): Aging


AMBULANCES    Poem Text    
First Line: Closed like confessionals, they thread
Subject(s): Ambulances


AN ARUNDEL TOMB    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Side by side, their faces blurred
Subject(s): Cemeteries; Love; Mourning; Graveyards; Bereavement


ANNUS MIRABILIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sexual intercourse began
Subject(s): Bands; Beatles, The; Love - Erotic; Music & Musicians; Orchestras


AUBADE    Poem Text    
First Line: I work all day, and get half-drunk at night
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


AUTOBIOGRAPHY AT AN AIR-STATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Delay, well, travellers must expect
Last Line: So much on this assumption. Now it's failed
Subject(s): Air Travel


AUTUMN    Poem Text    
First Line: The air deals blows: surely too hard, too often?
Subject(s): Autumn; Seasons; Fall


BORN YESTERDAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Tightly-folded bud, / I have wished you something
Subject(s): Birth; Life Change Events; Child Birth; Midwifery


BRIDGE FOR THE LIVING    Poem Text    
First Line: Isolate city spread alongside water
Subject(s): Bridges


CHURCH GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: Once I am sure there's nothing going on
Subject(s): Churches; Religion; Cathedrals; Theology


COMING    Poem Text    
First Line: On longer evenings
Subject(s): Spring


CUT GRASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Cut grass lies frail:
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Grass; Transience; Lawn Mowers; Impermanence


DAYS    Poem Text    
First Line: What are days for?
Subject(s): Day; Time


DEAR CHARLES, MY MUSE, ASLEEP OR DEAD    Poem Text    


DOCKERY AND SON    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Relationships; Disappointment; Ancestors & Ancestry; Middle Age' Universities And Colleges; Youth; Heritage; Heredity


DUBLINESQUE    Poem Text    
First Line: Down stucco sidestreets,
Subject(s): Dublin, Ireland; Funerals; Burials


FAITH HEALING    Poem Text    
First Line: Slowly the women file to where he stands
Subject(s): Bible; Religion; Theology


FICTION AND THE READING PUBLIC    Poem Text    
First Line: Give me a thrill, says the reader
Subject(s): Books; Reading


FOR SIDNEY BECHET    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: That note you hold, narrowing and rising, shakes
Subject(s): Bechet, Sidney Joseph (1897-1959); Jazz; Music & Musicians


HE HEARS THAT HIS BELOVED HAS BECOME ENGAGED    Poem Text    
First Line: When she came on, you couldn't keep your seat
Last Line: You'll only change her. Till, I'm sure you're right
Subject(s): Love - Loss Of


HEADS IN THE WOMEN'S WARD    Poem Text    
First Line: On pillow after pillow lies
Subject(s): Old Age; Women


HIGH WINDOWS    Poem Text    
First Line: When I see a couple of kids
Subject(s): Sin


HOME IS SO SAD    Poem Text    
First Line: Home is so sad. It stays as it was left
Subject(s): Home


HOW TO SLEEP    Poem Text    
First Line: Child in the womb
Last Line: And a loss of stature
Subject(s): Sleep


I REMEMBER, I REMEMBER    Poem Text    
First Line: Coming up england by a different line
Subject(s): Nostalgia


IF GRIEF COULD BURN OUT    Poem Text    


IF, MY DARLING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: If my darling were once to decide
Last Line: Might knock my darling off her unpriceable pivot
Subject(s): Fairy Tales; Man-woman Relationships; Reality; Male-female Relations


IS IT FOR NOW OR FOR ALWAYS    Poem Text    


LATEST FACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Latest face, so effortless
Last Line: And murder and not understand?
Subject(s): Beauty


LINES ON A YOUNG LADY'S PHOTOGRAPH ALBUM    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: At last you yielded up the album, which
Subject(s): Love


LONG SIGHT IN AGE    Poem Text    
First Line: They say eyes clear with age
Subject(s): Time


LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: The difficult part of love
Subject(s): Love


LOVE AGAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Love again: wanking at ten past three
Subject(s): Love - Lost


LOVE WE MUST PART    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, we must part now: do not let it be
Subject(s): Love; Farewell; Parting


MAIDEN NAME    Poem Text    
First Line: Marrying left your maiden name disused
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


MCMXIV    Poem Text    
First Line: Those long uneven lines
Subject(s): Past; Innocence


MCMXIV [1914]    Poem Text    
First Line: Those long uneven lines
Subject(s): World War I; First World War


MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me
Subject(s): Money


MOTHER, SUMMER, I    Poem Text    
First Line: My mother, who hates thunderstorms
Subject(s): Mothers


MR. BLEANEY    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: This was mr. Bleaney's room. He stayed
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; Nativity, The


MYXOMATOSIS    Poem Text    
First Line: Caught in the centre of a soundless field
Subject(s): Animals; Disease; Rabbits; Hares


NEW YEAR POEM    Poem Text    
First Line: The short afternoon ends, and the year is over
Subject(s): Christmas; Holidays; New Year; Nativity, The


NEXT, PLEASE    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Always too eager for the future, we
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


PARTY POLITICS    Poem Text    
First Line: I never remember holding a full drink
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics; Drunkards; Alcohol Abuse


PIGEONS    Poem Text    
First Line: On shallow slates the pigeons shift together
Last Line: Shows them, black as their shadows, sleeping so
Subject(s): Pigeons


POEM ABOUT OXFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: City we shared without knowing
Subject(s): Oxford University


POETRY OF DEPARTURES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Sometimes you hear, fifth-hand
Subject(s): Wandering & Wanderers; Wanderlust; Vagabonds; Tramps; Hoboes


REFERENCE BACK    Poem Text    
First Line: That was a pretty one, I heard you call
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Time


SAD STEPS    Poem Text    
First Line: Groping back to bed after a piss
Subject(s): Youth


SELF'S THE MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: Oh, no one can deny
Subject(s): Self


SEND NO MONEY    Poem Text    
First Line: Standing under the fobbed
Subject(s): Hate


SKIN    Poem Text    
First Line: Obedient daily dress
Last Line: Till the fashion changes
Subject(s): Skin; Clothing & Dress


SPRING    Poem Text     Recitation by Author
First Line: Green-shadowed people sit, or walk in rings
Subject(s): Spring


SUNNY PRESTATYN    Poem Text    
First Line: Come to sunny prestatyn
Subject(s): Graffiti


TALKING IN BED    Poem Text    
First Line: Talking in bed ought to be easiest
Subject(s): Love


THE EXPLOSION    Poem Text    
First Line: On the day of the explosion
Subject(s): Disasters; Mines & Miners


THE LITERARY WORLD: 1    Poem Text    
First Line: My dear kafka
Subject(s): Kafka, Franz (1883-1924)


THE LITERARY WORLD: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: Mrs alfred tennyson
Subject(s): Tennyson, Alfred (1809-1892); Tennyson, Alfred Tennyson, 1st Baron


THE MOWER    Poem Text    
First Line: The mower stalled, twice; kneeling, I found
Subject(s): Mowing & Mowers; Death - Animals; Hedgehogs; Lawn Mowers


THE NORTH SHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: I saw three ships go sailing by
Last Line: And it was rigged for a long journey
Subject(s): Sea; Ships & Shipping; Ocean


THE OLD FOOLS    Poem Text    
First Line: What do they think has happened, the old fools
Subject(s): Aging


THE TREES    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The trees are coming into leaf
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: That whitsun, I was late getting away
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


THE WINTER PALACE    Poem Text    
First Line: Most people know more as they get older
Subject(s): Aging


THIS BE THE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
Subject(s): Parents; Ancestors & Ancestry; Grief; Parents; Parenthood; Heritage; Heredity; Sorrow; Sadness; Parenthood


THIS BE THE VERSE    Poem Text    
First Line: They fuck you up, your mum and dad
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood


TO MY WIFE    Poem Text    
First Line: Choice of you shuts up that peacock-fan
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TOADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Subject(s): Toads; Bourgeoisie; Toads; Middle Class


TOADS    Poem Text    
First Line: Why should I let the toad work
Subject(s): Bourgeoisie; Toads; Middle Class


TOADS REVISITED    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Walking around in the park
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Toads; Work; Workers


VERS DE SOCI??T??    Poem Text    
First Line: My wife and I have asked a crowd of craps
Subject(s): Nothingness; Nihilism; Voids


WEDDING-WIND    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: The wind blew all my wedding-day
Subject(s): Love; Love - Marital; Marriage; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


WILD OATS    Poem Text    
First Line: About twenty years ago
Subject(s): Man-woman Relationships; Disappointment; Time; Male-female Relations


WINTER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the field, two horses
Subject(s): Winter