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Philip Larkin Poems: Selected by Martin Amis by [Larkin, Philip]
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Philip Larkin Poems is the selected poems from one of the nation's best-loved poets, edited by Martin Amis.

About the Author

Philip Larkin was born in 1922 and grew up in Coventry. In 1955 he became Librarian of the Brynmor Jones Library at the University of Hull, a post he held until his death in 1985. He was the best-loved poet of his generation and the recipient of innumerable honours, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry and the W.H. Smith Award.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 331 KB
  • Print Length: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Faber & Faber; Main edition (5 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007UQ44X6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 9 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #215,078 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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By Scampo TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Oct. 2011
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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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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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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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There are now many anthologies of Larkin's poems available, but I particularly like this one because it contains Larkin's best work and leaves out the less successful attempts. Unless you must have every line he wrote, including juvenalia and unpublished poems, this is the collection to get. Amis's introduction does justice to the life and work of the poet.
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