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Poetry Plus – First Sight – A poem by Philip Larkin

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First Sight by Philip Larkin

Springtime Lambing Wakes

Springtime lambing wakes
The passing of seasons spied
Winter surrenders

Philip Larkin(Philip Arthur Larkin, 1922 -1985) an English poet, novelist, and librarian.

Larkin is most highly regarded as the poet who gave expression to a clipped, antiromantic sensibility prevalent in English verse in the 1950s.

Larkin’s first book of poetry, The North Ship, was published in 1945, followed by two novels, Jill (1946) and A Girl in Winter (1947), and he came to prominence in 1955 with the publication of his second collection of poems, The Less Deceived, followed by The Whitsun Weddings (1964) and High Windows (1974).

He contributed to The Daily Telegraph as its jazz critic from 1961 to 1971, articles gathered in All What Jazz: A Record Diary 1961–71 (1985), and he edited The Oxford Book of Twentieth Century English Verse (1973).

His many honours include the Queen’s…

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