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5.0 out of 5 stars Larkin leaves the best to last, 27 July 2000
This review is from: High Windows (Paperback)
High Windows is the final publication from the late poet. It is indeed worthy of consideration as his finest work. The subltlety, style and insightfulness of Whitsun Weddings and The Less Deceived are there as are the Larkin hallmarks of masterly control of rhythmn and rhyme in addition to memorable lines of poetic excellence. The collection also hints at a new development in the poet's work through a celebration of the creative life force which exists somewhere beyond present reality: the title poem High Windows encompasses this celebratory tone. The High Windows and their "sun comprehending glass" remind the poet a depth of existence beyond the coarseness of the physical world. This is an uncharacteristic acknowledgement of the spiritual from a poet who trades on his cynical, morbid interpretation of life as one breath away from the vast emptiness of death. The later Larkin seems to realise, however briefly, that High Windows are portals to a level of existence which just might offer hope and be worthy of celebration.
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