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By Philip Larkin

Larkin's ultimate number of poems exhibits, as does all his top paintings, his skill to evolve modern speech rhythms and daily vocabulary to refined metrical styles and poetic types. some of the poems within the assortment, together with a few of his best-known items ("The outdated Fools", "This Be the Verse", "The Explosion", and the name poem) convey the preoccupation with dying and transience that's so general of the poet.

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