Philip Larkin () was undoubtedly one of the greatest English poets of the late 20th century. He is generally regarded as a pessimist. If A.N. Wilson had to name one poem of unquestionable greatness, it would be Philip Larkin’s “Aubade”. Aubade. Philip Larkin. I work all day, and get half drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain edges will grow light. Till then I see.

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Reblogged this on newauthoronline and commented: I love exclaiming my lines while walking the always deserted back road outside our summer house on the Bay of Fundy. Philip Larkin was undoubtedly one of the greatest English poets of the late 20 th century.

Philip Larkin’s almost perfect poem

Books by Philip Larkin. Dafna marked it as to-read May 19, He died shortly after undergoing surgery for throat cancer in Contemporary Authors Online. Lists with This Book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Inpostmodern dancer and choreographer Douglas Dunn presented a piece titled Aubadewith costumes, video and lighting by Charles Atlas artistand poetry by Anne Waldman.

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But if anyone wanted to know what was the creed, what was the central fear, and what was the bedroom and the suburban drive like for Mr Average in our times, then you would only have to lar,in him “Aubade”. Emilio rated it really liked it Oct 18, We are reminded with the first line; however, that Larkin is no romantic: Many people look to religion to give meaning to their lives before and after they die. This ever-present fear of an inevitable demise, however, inhibits us from doing just that.


Thomas Hardy was his muse, and his verses boiled down to perfectly executed still lifes, or snapshots of an ever-diminishing, ever-more limited set of experiences – wanting, and not wanting, to go to drinks with the Warlock-Williamses.

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. But the most striking image in the whole poem is perhaps that found in the final line, which describes postmen going from house to house, like doctors.

Matteus added it May 19, Although the meditation in the poem takes place during the early hours of the morning, there is none of the celebratory zest found so often in poetic aubades. In AubadeLarkin reflects on these coping mechanisms, and explains how they fail to work for the subject larkun his poem. Karl Gemayel marked it as to-read Nov 13, Inhe became assistant librarian at University College, Leicester and in sub-librarian at Queen’s University, Belfast.

According to Larkin, death is the total and eternal emptiness. My taste in poetry has evolved since the days when I knew Philip Larkin personally.

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In MarchLarkin was appointed librarian at the University of Hull, a position he retained until his death. My taste for the “vatic”, the “mythological”, has demoted Larkin in my mind to the status of superb minor chamber music.

He never married, but took part in several casual, and often times sexual, relationships with women, and was an athiest. It is perhaps because of this loss of life while living, that this poem can still truly be called an aubade. As death is the main topic of the poem, it is crucial to point out exactly how Larkin defines it here: Because postmen are known for their unrelenting reliability and their regular schedules, Larkin sees them as healers; saving the masses from the fear of death by providing them with routine distractions.


The Whitsun Weddings and High Windows followed in and But it is perfectly crafted opinion. Larkin and the Idea of Freedom. The point was made earlier that a medieval aubade was often a song sung as larkiin departed at dawn.

The restrained confessional honesty quite overwhelms, and invites. Philip Larkin does just this oarkin his poem Aubade by reflecting on the existential agonies that plague a man in the hours before dawn.

Some might regard this as selfishness, others as healthy appreciation of reality. Aubqde Vucic rated it really liked it Apr 23, In the strictest sense of the term, an aubade is a song from a door or window to a sleeping woman. Apr 28, Angie Taylor rated it it was amazing.

Aubase is also interesting to note that Larkin is only stable when in company or drunk; without one he needs the other. Return to Book Page. Newer Post Older Post Home. Death is no different whined at than withstood. Having been rejected for military service because of his poor eyesight, he was able, unlike many of his contemporaries, to follow the traditional full-length degree course, taking a first-class degree in