Philip Larkin is widely considered one of the very best English poets of the last 70 years. In fact, he is often mentioned as one of a handful of the best British poets of the twentieth century. And, more and more, he has come to be considered one of the finest writers of poetry in the English language during that same period. Although his first books of verse were largely ignored, the 1955 publication of The Less Deceived brought him growing attention and admiration. His stature as a much-loved but also highly respected poet was solidified in 1964 by the publication of his next collection, The Whitsun Weddings. This book sold remarkably well, indicating that Larkin was not a poet who appealed merely or mainly to academics or to the literary elite; instead, he was a poet who spoke movingly and memorably to numerous ‘regular readers’. In 1974 he published his last collection, High Windows, which was again unusually popular and was greeted with great critical acclaim. By at least the mid-1970s and up until his death in 1985 (as well as thereafter), Larkin was widely regarded as not only the most respected but also the bestloved poet of his times.
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