Larkin's website


http://www.philiplarkin.com/

LARKIN'S QUOTES


"It is not sufficient to say that poetry has lost its audience, and so need no longer consider it: lots of people still read and even buy poetry. More accurately, poetry has lost its old audience, and gained a new one. This has been caused by the consequences of a cunning merger between poet, literary critic and academic critic (three classes now notoriously indistinguishable): it is hardly an exaggeration to say that the poet has gained the happy position wherein he can praise his own poetry in the press and explain it in the class-room, the reader has been bullied into giving up the consumer's power to say 'I don't like this, bring me something different.'" (Larkin in 'The Pleasure Principle', from Required Writing, 1983)


According to Larkin, the term 'modern' "denotes a quality of irresponsibility peculiar to this century... I dislike such things not because they are new, but because they are irresponsible exploitations of technique in contradiction of human life as we know it."