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Philip Larkin

Datum narození: 9. srpen 1922
Datum úmrtí: 2. prosinec 1985

Philip Arthur Larkin byl anglický básník, prozaik a jazzový kritik. Obecně je považován za jednoho z nejvýznamnějších anglických básníků druhé poloviny 20. století.Poprvé se dostal do popředí v roce 1955 publikací své druhé básnické sbírky The Less Deceived, po níž následovaly The Whitsun Weddings a High Windows . Po smrti Johna Betjemana v roce 1984 mu byl nabídnut post dvorního básníka Spojeného království, který však Larkin nepřijal.

Citát „Můžu žít týden bez poezie, ale ani jeden den bez jazzu. (1965).“

„Můžu žít týden bez poezie, ale ani jeden den bez jazzu. (1965).“

—  Philip Larkin

Originál: (en) I can live a week without poetry, but not a day without jazz.
Zdroj: [Harris, John, All that jazz, guardian.co.uk, 2011-05-21, 2011-05-21, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2011/may/21/jazz-philip-larkin-john-harris]

„I came to the conclusion that an enormous amount of research was needed to form an opinion on anything, & therefore I abandoned politics altogether as a topic of conversation.“

—  Philip Larkin

Letter from Belfast ( 5 August 1953) http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.com/2010/10/many-letters-of-philip-larkin.html to Monica Jones
Kontext: You know I don’t care at all for politics, intelligently. I found that at school when we argued all we did was repeat the stuff we had, respectively, learnt from the Worker, the Herald, Peace News, the Right Book Club (that was me, incidentally: I knew these dictators, Marching Spain, I can remember them now) and as they all contradicted each other all we did was get annoyed. I came to the conclusion that an enormous amount of research was needed to form an opinion on anything, & therefore I abandoned politics altogether as a topic of conversation. It’s true that the writers I grew up to admire were either non-political or Left-wing, & that I couldn’t find any Right-wing writer worthy of respect, but of course most of the ones I admired were awful fools or somewhat fakey, so I don’t know if my prejudice for the Left takes its origin there or not. But if you annoy me by speaking your mind in the other interest, it’s not because I feel sacred things are being mocked but because I can’t reply, not (as usual) knowing enough. … By the way, of course I’m terribly conventional, by necessity! Anyone afraid to say boo to a goose is conventional.

„Poetry is an affair of sanity, of seeing things as they are“

—  Philip Larkin

Required Writing-Miscellaneous Pieces 1955-1982 Farrar Strauss 1984
Kontext: Poetry is an affair of sanity, of seeing things as they are, to recreate the familiar, eternalizing the poet's own perception in unique and original verbal form.

„You know I don’t care at all for politics, intelligently.“

—  Philip Larkin

Letter from Belfast ( 5 August 1953) http://fridaynightboys300.blogspot.com/2010/10/many-letters-of-philip-larkin.html to Monica Jones
Kontext: You know I don’t care at all for politics, intelligently. I found that at school when we argued all we did was repeat the stuff we had, respectively, learnt from the Worker, the Herald, Peace News, the Right Book Club (that was me, incidentally: I knew these dictators, Marching Spain, I can remember them now) and as they all contradicted each other all we did was get annoyed. I came to the conclusion that an enormous amount of research was needed to form an opinion on anything, & therefore I abandoned politics altogether as a topic of conversation. It’s true that the writers I grew up to admire were either non-political or Left-wing, & that I couldn’t find any Right-wing writer worthy of respect, but of course most of the ones I admired were awful fools or somewhat fakey, so I don’t know if my prejudice for the Left takes its origin there or not. But if you annoy me by speaking your mind in the other interest, it’s not because I feel sacred things are being mocked but because I can’t reply, not (as usual) knowing enough. … By the way, of course I’m terribly conventional, by necessity! Anyone afraid to say boo to a goose is conventional.

„I think … someone might do a little research on some of the inherent qualities of sex – its cruelty, its bullyingness, for instance. It seems to me that bending someone else to your will is the very stuff of sex, by force or neglect if you are male, by spitefulness or nagging or scenes if you are female.“

—  Philip Larkin

Letter to Monica Jones (1 November 1951) as quoted in "Philip Larkin's women" (23 October 2010) http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2010/oct/23/martin-amis-philip-larkin-letters-monica
Kontext: I think … someone might do a little research on some of the inherent qualities of sex – its cruelty, its bullyingness, for instance. It seems to me that bending someone else to your will is the very stuff of sex, by force or neglect if you are male, by spitefulness or nagging or scenes if you are female. And what's more, both sides would sooner have it that way than not at all. I wouldn't. And I suspect that means not that I can enjoy sex in my own quiet way but that I can't enjoy it at all. It's like rugby football: either you like kicking & being kicked, or your soul cringes away from the whole affair. There's no way of quietly enjoying rugby football.

„What will survive of us is love.

- from“

—  Philip Larkin, kniha The Whitsun Weddings

"An Arundel Tomb" (20 February 1956)
Varianta: Our almost-instinct almost true:
What will survive of us is love.
Zdroj: The Whitsun Weddings (1964)

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