Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Philip Larkin's 'The Mower'

The ninth Poem of the Week being read to English classes, and posted in our classrooms, is Philip Larkin's direct and powerfully moving 'The Mower', written in 1979. Larkin is one of the poets on the Leaving Certificate rota (he's currently being studied by this year's leavers). The full text is here.

We've added to our Poetry links on the right-hand side the Philip Larkin Society, which has its own 'Poem of the Month' - currently, 'As Bad as a Mile'.

The Antigonish Review has here a long essay by Terry Whalen titled : 'Strangeness made Sense - Philip Larkin in Ireland' in which he states that 'Ireland clearly drew Larkin out of his shell'.

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