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Mr. Larkin Gets a Life

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“Get a life!”

—Contemporary Saying

“Really, one should burn everything.”

—Philip Larkin, March 15, 1980

In a letter written in 1953, when he was thirty-one years old, Philip Larkin remarked that the three poets who had “altered the face” of English poetry in the 20th century were T. S. Eliot, W. H. Auden, and Dylan Thomas. He could not have known it then, but he was himself to be the fourth.

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Joseph Epstein is a regular contributor to COMMENTARY.