Monday, 6 December 2010

Larkin's shoebox poem...

A previously unknown poem by Philip Larkin, has been found in a shoebox. Found by producer Simon Pass amdist internal Hull University communications, 'Dear Jake' is an address to secretary Betty Makereth - one of the three affairs that shaped Larkin's writings. Former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who was the first to uncover the lovers' relationship in a 1993 biography, said that the poem is ' a little, new piece of the jigsaw, which gives a very sweet and touching picture of this episode of his life'. The manuscript was found with a card from Larkin, explaining that it should be read alongside his 1968 poem 'Posterity' and saying, 'This is for you. You can sell it later on'.

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