Analyses of four poems about time and change by the midcentury poet Philip Larkin. In “Church Going,” “An Arundel Tomb,” “The Trees,” and “This be the Verse,” there’s a sense of continuity tinged with melancholy: things survive and renew, but always in a compromised form.
The panel examines the complicated irony of Philip Larkin's verse, and considers his use of poetic formalism, and themes including rebelliousness, nihilism, love, and impermanence, in "This Be the Verse", "Aubade", "An Arundel Tomb", and "Days".
Mr Bolton is joined by Lyn Lockwood, deputy chair of the Philip Larkin Society, to offer tips and advice on how to students can tackle tricky poetry questions in exams and assignments. This is done through the prism of work by the so-called 'Hermit of Hull' Philip Larkin - the much-loved poet whose influence can still be felt across popular culture. It includes an intriguing focus on his life and times - sometimes filled with controversy - as well as a discussion on what make his poems a joy to explore and study.
Professor Graham Chesters (the new Chair of the Philip Larkin Society)
Tiny In All That Air
Professor Graham Chesters, the new Chair of the Philip Larkin Society, joins us to talk about how came to Hull University, inadvertently following the footsteps of Larkin. Graham also tells us about his relationship with Philip Larkin both as a university colleague and a neighbour in Hull and some of his more disconcerting and memorable encounters with Larkin. Graham talks about his involvement with the Philip Larkin Society and the impact of Covid on the Society. Graham also talks to us about the Larkin poem Absences. A couple of little technology gremlins sneaked in here, so apologies for the occasional dip in sound quality. Contemporaries of Larkin mentioned: Garnet Rees (Chair of Modern French Literature at Hull), Vernon Watkins (Welsh poet), Brynmor Jones (Vice Chancellor of Hull University), George Orwell, Dylan Thomas, Seamus Heaney, Eddie Dawes (founding Chairman of the PLS), Maeve Brennan (Larkin’s sub-librarian and lover), Monica Jones (Larkin’s partner), Betty Mackereth (Larkin’s secretary), Carole Collinson (PLS Membership Secretary), James Booth, biographer of Larkin, Life, Art and Love (2014). Other texts: Larkin: A Writer’s Life by Andrew Motion (1993), The Sight of Death by TJ Clarke (2006). French literature: Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire (1857), Rimbaud, Mallarme, Roland Barthes. Larkin poems discussed: As Bad as A Mile, Absences, I Remember, I Remember. Presented by Lyn Lockwood. Theme music: 'The Horns Of The Morning' by The Mechanicals Band. Audio production by Simon Galloway. Follow us and get it touch on Twitter - https://twitter.com/tiny_air Find out more about the Philip Larkin Society here - http://philiplarkin.com/
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