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Philip Larkin (1922-1985) was a poet, novelist and librarian. He contributed poetry and criticism to the New Statesman in the early 1970s.
A poem by Philip Larkin, first published in the New Statesman on 24 November 1961.
Larkin piece republished on the anniversary of Hardy's death.
Taken from The New Statesman 27 January 1978
Selected by Robert Taylor