Philip Larkin: Voices and Values

  • J. R. Watson


Philip Larkin had a good voice. By that I mean that it was effective in conveying his meaning, agreeable to listen to, and capable of registering different shades of feeling with some sensitivity. Although he suffered from a stammer at one period of his life, he controlled his voice so well during his mature years that its hesitations became almost undetectable; and his reading and speaking voice had an instantly pleasing, even winning quality about it. It was also, as some voices are, instantly recognisable: it was Philip’s voice, and no one else’s, and as we lament his death we may well realise the sensitivity of Tennyson’s

But O for the touch of a vanish’d hand,

And the sound of a voice that is still!


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