Larkin: A Helpfile

Larkin is one of the major, perhaps the greatest, of modern English poets. His style is distinctive: ironic, detached and observant, with a characteristic eye for the telling social detail and turn-of-phrase. It is a style - understated and hesitant - which many have seen as perfectly suited to the world of post-War Britain.  This file is intended to introduce you to some of Larkin's best poetry, suggesting interpretations where appropriate, and guiding you through some of the themes and concerns which run throughout the poetry. Feel free to browse through at random.


Characteristics of Larkin's Verse

Further Reading                              

The Poetry