The Complete Poems

Larkin, Philip

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First Edition, First Printing in U.S.: New York 2012. Edited with introduction and commentary by Archie Burnett. 729 pages. -- Hardcover. Condition: near fine, with near fine dust jacket. -- This new edition includes all of Larkin's poems, some previously unpublished pieces, with additional source and analytical materials. Burnett contributes the first comprehensive commentary to Larkin's works. ISBN 9780374126964. Bookseller Inventory #

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This entirely new edition brings together all of Philip Larkin's poems. In addition to those that appear in Collected Poems (1988) and Early Poems and Juvenilia (2005), some unpublished pieces from Larkin's typescripts and workbooks are included, as well as verse―by turns scurrilous, satirical, affectionate, and sentimental―that had been tucked away in his letters.

For the first time, Larkin's poems are given a comprehensive commentary. This draws critically upon, and substantially extends, the accumulated scholarship on Larkin, and covers closely relevant historical contexts, persons and places, allusions and echoes, and linguistic usage. Prominence is given to the poet's comments on his own poems, which often outline the circumstances that gave rise to a poem or state what he was trying to achieve. Larkin often played down his literariness, but his poetry enrichingly alludes to and echoes the writings of many others; Archie Burnett's commentary establishes him as a more complex and more literary poet than many readers have suspected.

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Philip Larkin (1922-1985) grew up in Coventry, England. He was the best-loved poet of his generation and the recipient of innumerable honors, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry.

Archie Burnett is co-director of the Editorial Institute and professor of English at Boston University. He has edited the Oxford editions of The Poems of A. E. Housman and The Letters of A. E. Housman.

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Title: The Complete Poems
Publisher: New York, Farrar Straus and Giroux.
Publication Date: 2012

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