Beyond 1963

It’s usually impossible to read about the British poet Philip Larkin without coming across his famous stanza from “Annus Mirabilis”:

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) –
Between the end of the “Chatterley” ban
And the Beatles’ first LP.

Over on Slate Macalester College Professor Stephen Burt takes an informed look at Larkin on the occasion of the publication of a new edition of Larkin’s Collected Poems, without even mentioning “Annus Mirabilis”: “The poet of dirty words.”


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