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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Introduction to Larkin., 18 Jan 2013
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Bernard Rosewalll "beowulf" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This very slim volume is a very well presented (poem a page) introduction to Larkin's poetry for those not familiar with his work. The selection of poems is interesting - the familiar and less familiar, ironic, satiric and moribund - an easy read if you have not the thought to spare or are misled by apparent simplicity.
For those, like me, who have read the collected poems and think we may know a little something, Martin Amis' excellent introduction will quickly reassure us that we don't - very informative as well as entertaining.
For only the cost of a bottle of wine, go on and buy it. Or, better still, buy both.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real gem - and with a fine foreword by Amis., 23 Oct 2011
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Scampo "Steve C" (UK) - See all my reviews
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You are going to enjoy this little gem of a book if you choose to buy it: it is a genuine gem. Larkin offers insights into the human condition like no other poet: wonderful poetry that seems so utterly authentic, written in a unique style that seems so utterly straightforward (and yet which carries such depth, too).

The foreword by Martin Amis is substantial and enjoyable. He offers good reasons why Larkin is still such a very popular poet and gives a well-considered redress to the sly negativity that Andrew Motion's biography stirred up a decade or so ago. Larkin's poems themselves will always rise above such as that.

Well worth buying - a treasure!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Shot in the Arm., 2 Jan 2013
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Bernard Rosewalll "beowulf" (united kingdom) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Philip Larkin Poems: Selected by Martin Amis (Kindle Edition)
Well presented very slim hardback containing all too few of Larkin's poems. I bought several copies to give to acquaintances as an introduction to Larkin because they had been too squeamish - 'too sensitive' - to admit to fears about their own mortality previously and who thought him 'too rude'. The selection - limited as it is - is excellent and cuts to the quick of Larkin's poetry. But what made me choose this book in the end was Martin Amis' introduction. Those who read Larkin's collected poems regularly may need the shot in the arm Amis gives us to remind us of the originality of the poetry we admire. As an introduction to Larkin, I can think of no better gift.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A real treasure, 9 Aug 2013
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This review is from: Philip Larkin Poems: Selected by Martin Amis (Kindle Edition)
You will enjoy this little treasure
A great introduction to Larkin who has a great insight into the human spirit
Enjoy
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