Tuesday 29 September 2009

High Windows

I’m really just discovering Philip Larkin as a poet, though I memorised This be the Verse a few years ago just for the pleasure of shocking the other girls at my boarding school. But he is a super poet, he truly is, with a uniquely English perspective on things. At the moment my favourite amongst his poems is the wonderful High Windows with all of its sad ambiguity. And here it is.


  1. Wow, Larkin is one of my favourite poets. I am a huge fan of his work. He was too shy to do public readings/recordings (of which there are only a handful). My other bestie Betjeman once coaxed him into spending a few hours with him up in Hull and managed to take along a film crew to film them together. I had been sdearching fr it for a long time. The program was recently repeated as part of the BBC Poetry Season and can now be found on Youtube here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTdDS05x6d0
    And Here: www.youtube.com/watch?v=YkuMEfv4lS0

    Next year is the twenty-fifth anniversary of since of death and the Larkin Society will hosting a series of events. Here is the page to it: www.philiplarkin.com/events/larkin25.html

  2. Rehan, you really impress me. You're tastes are so like mine...and you write beautifully. :-) Thanks for those links.

  3. Heehee, thank'ee, I write with serious typos (see above). You taking the piss? I have been wanting to say how your blog has really been a Rosetta Stone to me in blog discoveries. What Harrison would term 'a sort of pricktease of the soul.' Write on my dear.

  4. Not at all! I really meant generally. Besides, I always ignore typos. I make enough of those myself. :-)) Thank you for your wonderful and generous comment.