Duffy and Larkin 1

Peter Hitchin “Larkin is religious precisely because he very much did not mean to be”
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Peter Hitchin “Once you’ve noticed how very worried Larkin is about death and eternity, you see [the hesitation] everywhere”
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Peter Hitchin “All of life was full of little reminders of God and his angels”
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Jonathan Edwards “A writer who has become so synonymous with loneliness, scepticism and regret”
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Jonathan Edwards “Often move from concrete beginnings to an abstract, moral-of-the-tale sort of ending”
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Jonathan Edwards “Razor sharp, subversive, epigrammatic conclusions”
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Jonathan Edwards “A very strong sense of past, present and future”
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Jonathan Edwards “uses a monument to reflect the passage of time”
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Jonathan Edwards “In ‘An Arundel Tomb,’ there is a single voice”
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Jonathan Edwards “Larkin was famously careful about the structuring of his collections”
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Jonathan Edwards “Larkin was famously careful about the structuring of his collections”
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Jonathan Edwards “An Arundel Tomb has been eroded to its epigrammatic ending just as the meaning of the Earl and Countess has been”
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Luke McBratney “His poetry brings real love into focus and questions its ability to solve problems, to provide fulfilment and to endure”
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McClatchy “In clipped, lucid stanzas, about the failures and remorse of age, about stunted lives and spoiled desires”
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Larkin 1962 “Jazz is to be appreciated not as a musical exercise in technique, but as an emotional experience, one that can exhilarate or sadden.”
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Larkin’s love of Jazz “is unmistakably present within the poetry, but often serves only to point out the inadequacy of other experiences and emotions by comparison”
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Carol Ann Duffy
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BBC “The first woman to be appointed to the position” Poet Laureate 2009
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“She thinks that poetry to some extent takes the place of religion”
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The Guardian “I write quite a lot of sonnets and I think of them almost as prayers: short and memorable, something you can recite”
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The Guardian “Larkin’s antithesis”
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The Guardian “Duffy is the poet of the multicultural noughties as Larkin was the bicycle-clipped representative of the dowdy repressed fifties”
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Peter Hitchin “Once you’ve noticed how very worried Larkin is about death and eternity, you see [the hesitation] everywhere”

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Peter Hitchin “All of life was full of little reminders of God and his angels”

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Jonathan Edwards “A writer who has become so synonymous with loneliness, scepticism and regret”

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Jonathan Edwards “Often move from concrete beginnings to an abstract, moral-of-the-tale sort of ending”

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