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Philip Larkin, 'High Windows'.,
This review is from: High Windows (Paperback)
Published in 1974 ten years after the success of 'The Whitson Weddings' this collection shows a much darker side to Larkin. Death, and the fear of death, are the subject of many of the poems, although in Larkin's skilled hands the results are uplifting and life-enhancing.
As ever, loss is a central theme, especially in such poems as, 'Going, Going' ,'Sad Steps' and 'This Be The Verse', but then Larkin turns round and gives us explosions of joy such as 'Show Saturday' and the title of the collection, 'High Windows'.
Taken together with 'The Whitson Weddings', 'High Windows' this is a fine introduction to some of his finest, and most profound poetry.