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- Larkin Critics
- Bryan Appleyard '[Larkin is] a hopeless and inflexible pessimist.'
- Dannie Abse 'his poems are...so sharp-eyed, appropriate with arresting detail and do not eschew sentiment, feeling.'
- Andrew Motion 'Death, in Larkin's view, is an utterly comfortless blank'
- Janice Rossen 'Larkin's fury against women is not so much a declared stage of siege against them personally as it is an eternal battle raging within himself."
- Lisa Jardine 'The Britishness of Larkin's poetry carries a baggage of attitudes.'
- Larkin 'It's unhappiness that provokes a poem. Being happy doesn't provoke a poem.'
- Particular Poems
- Mr Bleaney
- Richard Palmer 'It is a poet afraid of madness who envies 'Bleaney' his insufferably sane routine.'
- Dockery and Son
- Richard Palmer 'It is 'a poem that modulates into an uncommonly moving tough serenity'. The last lines have 'something decisive, even didactic about them.'
- Andrew Swarbick 'Poems such as 'Ambulances' and 'An Arundel Tomb' also want to pay homage to human qualities of sympathy and persistence which resist the passage of time.'
- Here & The Large Cool Store
- Andrew Swarbick 'The lists of supermarket goods in 'Here' and 'The Large Cool Store' testify to post-war economic recovery and a society pursuing its fantasies and illusory satisfactions in material possessions.'
- Mr Bleaney
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