Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry, England in August of 1922. He was the only son born to parents Sydney and Eva Larkin. Read more of Philip Larkin’s Biography.

Some of Larkin’s most famous poems include This Be The Verse, Church Going, Aubade, MCMXIV, and The Mower.

Places, Loved Ones

‘Places, Loved Ones’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about the complexities of marraiges. No matter who the couple it, the relationship isn’t going to be perfect.

Poetry Of Departures

‘Poetry Of Departures’ by Philip Larkin is a thoughful poem. It depicts a universal desire to restart one’s life and begin new.

Reasons For Attendance

‘Reasons For Attendance’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about happiness. It explores the difference between the poet’s happiness and that dancers.


‘Skin’ by Philip Larkin speaks on the importance of a person’s identity. Specifically, he is concerned with the influence and biographical aspects of the skin.


‘Spring’ by Philip Larkin is a surprising poem about the spring season. Rather than focus on the beauty of the season, Larkin turns to humanity’s worst impulses.

Sunny Prestatyn

‘Sunny Prestatyn’ by Philip Larkin is a famous poem about advertising and vanity. The poet depicts how unattainable a perfect lifestyle is through the destruction of a sign.

Take One Home for the Kiddies

‘Take One Home for the Kiddies’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about animal rights. It focuses on the cruelty humanity is capable of towards helpless animals in their care.

Talking in Bed

‘Talking in Bed’ by Philip Larkin depicts the difficulties a speaker has talking in bed with his lover. It’s a poem about how loneliness can invade even the most initmate moments.

The Building

‘The Building’ by Philip Larkin is an interesting piece about a mysterious and ambiguous building. Only a little is revealed through the poem.

The Mower

‘The Mower’ by Philip Larkin is a strange poem about mowing the lawn. It describes the speaker’s discovery of a hedgehog in the blades.

The Trees

‘The Trees’ by Philip Larkin is a commentary on life. Specifically, the examination of nature’s details. It highlights a number of unknowns that mirror the uncertainties in life.

The Whitsun Weddings

‘The Whitsun Weddings’ by Philip Larkin is a meaningful poem that reflects post-war Britain. It is one of Larkin’s most famous.

This Be The Verse

‘This Be The Verse’ by Philip Larkin is a powerful poem. It’s about the intense relationships between children and their parents.


‘Toads’ by Philip Larkin explores the confines of everyday life. Throughout, he uses a frog as a way to depict duel pressures in his life.

Triple Time

‘Triple Time’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about neglect. It explores lost opportunities and how easily one’s life can slip away.


‘Wants’ by Philip Larkin is a poem about solitude. The speaker defines it as something necessary to humanity’s existence.

Wedding Wind

‘Wedding Wind’ by Philip Larkin describes the power of love shared between the speaker and her new husband on the day of, and after, their wedding.

Wild Oats

‘Wild Oats’ by Philip Larkin depicts the difficulties in a specific relationship he had with two women.


‘Wires’ by Philip Larkin is a beautiful poem that uses cows as a metaphor. It explores learned boundaries and nature.


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