Many of the poems in this collection, notably "The Old Fools", show a preoccupation with death and transience. Throughout his work, Larkin adapts contemporary speech rhythms and vocabulary to a subtle metrical pattern.
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High Windows was first published in 1974 and some critics disliked Larkin's work for its lack of experiment and familiar subject matter. Yet even at its most traditional, Larkin's writing can be striking as, in "This Be The Verse", it encapsulates prosaic truths with plain language and gentle wit:
They fuck you up, your mum and dad.--Tamsin Todd --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
They may not mean to but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
And add some extra, just for you.