High Windows

High Windows A collection of poems which includes some of the poet s best known pieces The Old Fools This Be the Verse The Explosion and the title poem

  • Title: High Windows
  • Author: Philip Larkin
  • ISBN: 9780571114511
  • Page: 423
  • Format: Paperback
  • A collection of poems which includes some of the poet s best known pieces The Old Fools, This Be the Verse, The Explosion, and the title poem.

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    • Momina Masood says:

      This Be The Verse:They fuck you up, your mum and dad.They may not mean to, but they do. They fill you with the faults they had And add some extra, just for you.But they were fucked up in their turn By fools in old-style hats and coats, Who half the time were soppy-stern And half at one another’s throats.Man hands on misery to man. It deepens like a coastal shelf.Get out as early as you can, And don’t have any kids yourself.Money:Quarterly, is it, money reproaches me: ‘Why do you let me lie [...]

    • Zanna says:

      Before I developed my own politics I loved Larkin, for his way with words and ability to tug the heartstrings with maudlin reflections. He's got some great lines. But I can't read him now; he looks down on people too much, he's too conventional, too conservative, too narrowly, comfortably English. Of course, most of the time he isn't comfortable, he's reflecting on time and death, its spectre at the back of everything, but that's quite facile, he just drops it in, cleverly, at the right moment t [...]

    • Teresa Proença says:

      Há poetas que tratam as palavras de uma forma bonita, mas pouco entendo do que dizem; há outros, que julgo entender, mas que não me dizem nada; e há aqueles que sabem melhor do que eu o que eu quero dizerA primeira coisa que li de Philip Larkin foi um poema sobre a morte (ou sobre a vida, sei lá"O bem não feito, o amor não dado, o gasto Tempo em nada"); é um poema impressionante que me libertou de qualquer ilusão de imortalidade. Infelizmente Aubade não está incluído em Janelas Altas [...]

    • Ashley says:

      I'm now in love with Philip Larkin's poems :D xxxx Hahahahaha!

    • Lorraine says:

      Rather than words comes the thought of high windows:The sun-comprehending glass,And beyond it, the deep blue air, that showsNothing, and is nowhere, and is endless. This must be one of the great stanzas in poetry.

    • Rianna (RiannaBlok) says:

      6/30 books read in 2015.Never have I been more glad that I went back to a booksale to pick up a book I had seen the day before! This is absolutely one of my favourites now. Eventhough it was published in 1974, High Windows feels like it could have been published during my life time. This little book has made me excited to try other poetry collections.

    • Catoblepa (Protomoderno) says:

      Una frattura, un'interruzione che segna un distacco tra il prima e il dopo in maniera insanabile. Il centro della poesia di Larkin è proprio in questa frattura, in questo conflitto tra l'oscuro medioevo e il fulgido progresso. E l'esperienza di vivere in una frattura non è mai scontata, ma può essere appagante, deve esserlo, e può essere addirittura piacevole leggendo queste poesie.Se questa raccolta è l'intercapedine tra due generazioni, il suo punto di forza è l'aperta zona di conflitto [...]

    • Zöe Yu says:

      Philip Larkin's poems always make me think "Hey this is exactly what I felt". and then, silence. Have you ever feel sad about the concrete jungle around us? This is the book for you. Larkin has a sensitive observation. What appears in his eyes are always dipped in his thought. Great booklet to start read Philip Larkin!

    • Steve Alker says:

      I loved these poems. High Windows itself is suddenly heart lifting. The family favourite, by dint of the language though has to be This be the Verse, "They fuck you up, your mum and dad----"! Brilliant.

    • Jonathon Izzard says:

      Bleak but it always rings true. A firm favourite poet. Always.

    • Deborah Schuff says:

      This slim book is filled with profound thoughts of aging and life in general but written in the profane words of ordinary humans. Philip Larkin is an amazing poet.

    • Nhu Khue says:

      "Only the young can be alone freely.The time is shorter now for company,And sitting by a lamp more often bringsNot peace, but other things.Beyond the light stand failure and remorseWhispering Dear Warlock-Williams:Why, of course–"- Vers de Société----P/s: We all should read This Be The Verse. 

    • Kirsten says:

      It is thanks to my Uncle Jürgen that I read this collection, as he had said he could never 'get warm' with Larkin, and I'm not surprised. I'd heard he had a propensity to steal all the covers, and on top of this has of course been dead for the last 26 years. So quite a chilly fellow indeed. Ok woefully poor jokes aside, Larkin writes of bleak things unflinchingly. In 'The Old Fools' he looks at the dribbling retarded imbeciles our parents become and wonders whether people like this are aware of [...]

    • Sarah says:

      I have always enjoyed Philip Larkin's poetry so I decided to do my dissertation on him, and now, approaching the end of it, I love him even more. I can't really explain why I like him so much, but I do and he is, for me, the greatest poet of the modern world.

    • Jane says:

      Truly bittersweet can anyone weave such great humour with the everyday sadness of the voice from lives lived at arm's length?

    • Az says:

      Thematically, the poetry inHigh Windowsis pretty bleak. I have a fairly strong image of Larkin, peering out of his library window, looking down and passers by, both figuratively and literally. He talks on death, the pains of being a child and also (his favourite subject) the drudgery of growing old. His frequent punctuations of these issues are so very English, coming as they do surrounded by descriptions of typically English country life - The Corn Exchange, the combine harvester, the Harvest F [...]

    • Maurizio Manco says:

      "Man hands on misery to man.It deepens like a coastal shelf.Get out as early as you can,And don't have any kids yourself."(This Be The Verse, p. 46)

    • Stephen Curran says:

      It's been a while since a set of lines sent a chill through me like this from The Old Fools, on being dead: "It's only oblivion, true: / We had it before, but then it was going to end, / And was all the time merging with a unique endeavour / To bring to bloom the million-petalled flower / Of being here. Next time you can't pretend / There'll be anything else."Death is also confronted in The Building, which might make the reader ponder the meaning of hospital visits: "a struggle to transcend / Th [...]

    • Colin says:

      Larkin being a favourite poet, I often dip into the Collected Poems I’ve had since it was published in the eighties. The value of reading a smaller collection from cover to cover though is that you encounter poems that you had somehow missed or had read once or twice and then forgotten about. As well as some of the most well-known poems of the late twentieth century (High Windows, This Be the Verse, Annus Mirabilis and others), High Windows contains some real gems that I’d somehow passed ove [...]

    • Joy says:

      High Windows is a collection of poetry by Philip Larkin, first published in 1974. It brings some of the poems Larkin is best known for, combining maudlin subjects with those of a more light-hearted and, indeed, humorous nature.“Sexual intercourse beganIn nineteen sixty-three(Which was rather late for me)”His writing has an ease to it that makes it a great introduction for those unfamiliar with poetry or with a fear of comprehending it. The sentences flow, with varying rhyming structures, and [...]

    • Rob Blackmore says:

      Philip Larkin's third and final anthology of his poems contains some fine and thoughtful verse.As it's Larkin, this is never going to be a barrel of laughs, but there is humour (albeit dry and sarcastic). The poem 'The Trees' (nearly) verges on the sunny side, and his description of pouring a G&T in 'Sympathy in White Major' makes you want to reach for the Gordons and Schweppes.When I drop four cubes of iceChimingly in a glass, and addThree goes of gin, a lemon slice,And let a ten-ounce toni [...]

    • rebecca says:

      ehme neat imagery and stuff, as to be expected from larkin. nothing particularly profound. i think i prefer the whitsun weddings (so far) - although this be the verse is probably one of my favourite poems of his. i also liked solar (however, it seems uncharacteristically positive for larkin). there were a couple of other poems i wanted to mention too but i can't remember their names and i'm not sure where i put my copy so um sorry.

    • Ben Doeh says:

      These poems have an austere beauty. The poet was a nasty brute.I wish I could say he's overrated, but these are superb poems. The bitterness and acidity that course under his contemplations of modern life acutely remind the reader of mortality, and our shallow realisation of what makes us want to live.

    • Ian Paul says:

      I only knew the one with that 'word' in it until recently. I began teaching for a few hours per month in Hull and stayed at the Royal Station Hotel, featured in the book, so I thought I'd better read it. Good stuff. A curmudgeonly old bugger he may have been, but he could surely tinker with English like few others. Dig deeper, the 'F' word is not all he does.

    • Moira McPartlin says:

      I had been looking forward to reading Philip Larkin for a long time because I had heard he was a great poet, but I was disappointed in this collection. The poems are good, his lines are wonderful, but I didn't like them. He came across to me as a stuck-up grumpy and bitter old man and I couldn't get past that.

    • Kealan O'ver says:

      In fairness, it could have just been "This be the Verse" repeated 50 times and it still would have got 5 stars

    • Matthew Aldridge says:

      It's good, but it's no Alien vs Predator.

    • Robin Helweg-Larsen says:

      Perhaps the most-quoted lines of Larkin's (apart from 'Why should I let the toad Work // Squat on my life?') are the beginning of 'Annus Mirabilis':Sexual intercourse beganIn nineteen sixty-three(Which was rather late for me) -Between the end of the Chatterly banAnd the Beatles' first LP.'High Windows' contains this and a raft of other existential musings on sex, ageing and death, the tone ranging from detached through mournful to bitter. But there's no need to feel sorry for him as a person: he [...]

    • Tyler Jones says:

      Poetry that sings of our highest aspirations only tells part of the story, and we need poets like Larkin who can also sing the pettiness, meanness, anxieties and disappointments with a disarming wit. Other poems you may place on the mantle for the guests to admire, these are poems for everyday use - keep them under the sink with the rubber gloves and the Draino.

    • Adrian says:

      Smart, witty, a must-have for aspiring contemporary poets. Controversies aside, it is clear why Larkin has such a lasting influence on modern English literature and pubs are named after him in my hometown.4/5 - essential reading

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