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Major English Poet Gets Overdue Memorial

Philip Larkin, one of the seminal modern writers in Britain, has been memorialized in Westminster Abbey’s Poet’s Corner, at long last. He is known for his sardonic wit which he maintained through a substantial collection of poetry and five novels. 

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He is situated among such masters as Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, and Eliot. The ceremony has taken place 31 years after his death in 1985, due to esophageal cancer. It is fitting that Larkin has been memorialized in Westminster Abbey, given that his most famous and celebrated poem, Church Going, sees a narrator wandering around a Church in ‘awkward reverence’, and meditating on the waning significance of Christianity and Churches. 

 

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