As anyone who has the slightest knowledge of my work knows, I have little in common with Larkin, who was tall, taciturn and thin-on-top, and unlike him I laugh, nay, sneer, in the face of death. I will concede one point: we are both lesbian poets.
It's unthinkable not to love — you'd have a severe nervous breakdown. Or you'd have to be Philip Larkin.lawrence durrell
One of the good things about Larkin is that he still has you firmly by the hand as you cross the finishing-line, whereas reading Auden is like doing a parachute-drop: for a while the view is wonderful, but then you end up on your back in the middle of a ploughed field and in the wrong county.Alan Bennett
Schweitzer in the Congo did not derive more moral credit than Larkin did for living in Hull.Alan Bennett
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