The Guardian view on Philip Larkin at 100: a lasting gift | Editorial

Whatever we may feel about the man, some things are eternal, and in his work he found the words for themWhen, 50 years ago, the Department of the Environment commissioned a poem from Philip Larkin, he produced, as a reader recently pointed out to the Guardian, Going, Going, about felled trees, bleak high-rises, spreading shopping centres and parking lots. It is about the erosion, too, of his previous trust that “earth will always respond / However we mess it about”. If he had lived until this year, when he would have turned 100, he would, one suspects, have been disappointed… Source – Full Article The Guardian view on Philip Larkin at 100: a lasting gift | Editorial

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