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Larkin, Uncensored (On Robert Lowell)

Philip Larkin

On Robert Lowell

Lowell, Lowell, Lowell, Lowell,
Corn is the thing he does so well. . .

This version of the couplet was written in 1966; an earlier one was crafted in 1964. Among British academics Robert Lowell was considered top of the American heap in the 1960s and 70s.

from Philip Larkin, The Complete Poems ed. Archie Burnett (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2012. From the archive; first posted March 18, 2013.

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I left it
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for the pleasure
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ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
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