In this final volume of his poetry, we find Philip Larkin as cranky, humorous, and perceptive as ever. "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," Larkin quips in "This be the Verse". Several of Larkin's other best-known poems appear here, including "The Old Fools," "The Explosion," and the title piece.
"[Philip] Larkin is no longer just a name but an institution, a modern British national cultural monument."—S.K. Chatterjee