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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Philip Larkin - Annus Mirabilis

Annus Mirabilis

Sexual intercourse began
In nineteen sixty-three
(which was rather late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

Up to then there'd only been
A sort of bargaining,
A wrangle for the ring,
A shame that started at sixteen
And spread to everything.

Then all at once the quarrel sank:
Everyone felt the same,
And every life became
A brilliant breaking of the bank,
A quite unlosable game.

So life was never better than
In nineteen sixty-three
(Though just too late for me) -
Between the end of the "Chatterley" ban
And the Beatles' first LP.

via www.wussu.com

A great poem. H/t dearime.

http://rightcoast.typepad.com/rightcoast/2017/11/philip-larkin-annus-mirabilis.html

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Comments

Another of his good short ones is
https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/48419/this-be-the-verse

Posted by: dearieme | Nov 15, 2017 6:58:36 AM

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