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Philip Larkin : The Poet's Plight - J. Booth

Philip Larkin

The Poet's Plight

By: J. Booth

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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.

'Fresh and engaging; sure to be welcomed by both confirmed admirers of Larkin's work and new readers alike.' - Douglas Dunn, University of St. Andrews

An authoritative and elegant elucidation of the poet's craft; Booth reads the poetry, as Larkin wrote it, for pleasure.' - Janice Rossen, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Centre, University of Texas

Introduction
Poetry as a Living
Eliot, Larkin and Modernity
Intimacies
Empty Gestures
Rooms
Poetic Histories
Larkin, Heaney and the Poetry of Place
Profane and Sacred in Larkin and Hughes
Index
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ISBN: 9781403918345
ISBN-10: 1403918341
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 230
Published: 1st December 2005
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 21.6 x 14.0  x 1.27
Weight (kg): 0.46
Edition Number: 1