THE WHITSUN WEDDINGS: POEMS BY PHILIP LARKIN
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London. Faber and Faber Limited. 1964. First Edition. Hardcover. Book Condition: Fine. Jacket Condition: Fine. 46 pp.
A 'Choice of the Poetry Book Society' (UK), this publication of the The Whitsun Weddings is a series of sharply visual and deeply meditative poems. Larkin poetically abstracts a subject's observations into discursive experience––in the title poem, a train rider's psychic landscape is interrupted by a slew of buoyant, sloppy wedding parties. Larkin's description here is as delightfully ironic as it is melancholy, reading into the happy vignettes to find their unconscious consequences, that “[...] none / Thought of the others they would never meet / Or how their lives would all contain this hour.” A lyric romp haunted by introspection, this favorite Larkin poem is contained in this volume, complimented by masterful poems to substantially represent the poet's larger body of work.