Philip Larkin

The Poet’s Plight

  • Authors
  • James Booth

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. James Booth
    Pages 1-20
  3. James Booth
    Pages 21-46
  4. James Booth
    Pages 47-78
  5. James Booth
    Pages 79-111
  6. James Booth
    Pages 112-143
  7. James Booth
    Pages 144-171
  8. James Booth
    Pages 172-201
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 202-230

About this book


James Booth reads Philip Larkin's mature poetry in terms of his ambiguous self-image as lonely, anti-social outsider, plighted to his art, and as nine-to-five librarian, sharing the common plight of humanity. Booth's focus is on Larkin's artistry with words, the 'verbal devices' through which this purest of lyric poets celebrates 'the experience. The beauty.' Featuring discussion for the first time of two recently discovered poems by Larkin, this original and exciting new study will be of interest to all students, scholars and enthusiasts of Larkin.


lyric poem poetry

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