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vendler on larkin’s choice for loneliness

Posted by rigorousm on May 27, 2015

Larkin frequently repeats…his choice of the ‘glittering loneliness’ of art; in 1946, he writes to his friend John Sutton: ‘It’s very easy to float along in a semi-submerged way, dissipating one’s talent for pleasing by amusing and being affectionate to the other … but I find, myself, that this letting-in of a second person spells death to perception and the desire to express, as well as the ability.’

Helen Vendler, “Why aren’t they screaming?”, review of Philip Larkin: Life, art and love by James Booth for London Review of Books vol. 36, no. 21, November 2014.


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