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“[The Complete Poems] is a must-have for anyone who enjoys Larkin . . . Burnett’s notes offer a fascinating, compendious vade mecum into Larkin’s poetic world. Full of reassuring exactitude about variants, and extensive reference to the poet’s own comments on the work, they are most stimulating of all when they cite buried sources . . . A lot of thought as well as an enormous amount of research has clearly gone into this [volume].” ―Fiona Sampson, The Independent
“[Archie] Burnett presents a very different picture of Larkin from the one by which he came to be known; one that is far more literary, and occasionally far more amusing. A reader can now trace Larkin's development from his allusive [early efforts] . . . to his more mature, better-known works.” ―The Economist
“Apart from representing an unprecedented Larkin poetic storehouse, the other glory of The Complete Poems is Burnett's dazzlingly detailed commentary . . . One of the chief pleasures . . . is tracing the emergence of one of English poetry's most distinctive poetic voices . . . A landmark volume, a wonder-book of verse by one of the art form's best practitioners of the last hundred years.” ―Terry Kelly, The London Magazine
“More often than any other English poet since the war, Larkin gave us lines that it is unlikely we'll be able to forget.” ―Ian Hamilton, The Times (London) on Philip Larkin
“Larkin is resolute, forthright, witty, and gloomy. This is the man who famously said that deprivation was for him what daffodils were for Wordsworth. Yet surely the results of this life, in the shape of his poems, are gifts, not deprivations.” ―Donald Hall, The New Criterion on Philip Larkin
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.
I adore Larkin, and this volume does justice to the master! Do not die before you have read the great Larkin! His poetry is an experience not to be missed.Published 11 months ago by Flush
Many readers in America don't know Philip Larkin's poetry at all, which is too bad. He was, arguably, England's greatest poet of the last half of the twentieth century. Read morePublished 22 months ago by E. Allen
My son requested this for Christmas and he was delighted that I was able to get it for him. He is an avid reader and this was a great addition to his library.Published 22 months ago by Lizbet
This just came a few days ago -- excellent condition. He is not to everyone's taste, but I like his work. Having it collected gives me a chance to read it more in depth.Published on September 2, 2013 by JoAnn Anglin
Imagine the Collected Poems of Yeats (Variorum Edition) combined in a volume with the revised edition of A. Norman Jeffares's "Commentary. Read morePublished on April 7, 2013 by Stanley Crowe
the product arrived in perfect conditions. it took the necessary time to get to my address. there was no need to contact the sender. i am really satisfied with this purchase.Published on February 2, 2013 by Alain