I owe this blog two poems – poems I have referred to, and quoted, in previous posts but not given in full. It’s now time to rectify that omission, starting with this one, which I have referred to here and here.
For quickness, I copied and pasted the words from an internet site; but as always, I checked them against the book. There is only one change; it is very small, but very significant, and I don’t think Larkin would have made this change (unlike say Spender, whose legendary revisionism of his own works I mentioned here). In the last stanza, the line “We are not suited …” had become “We’re not suited …”, destroying the metre and thus the whole feel of the poem. As previously indicated, I believe the first three lines of that stanza to be the most important in the whole poem, so it baffles me why anyone should tinker with it in such a way. Continue reading