2.12.2010

Rachel Wetzsteon on Philip Larkin

In some comments on recent posts here, I mentioned the late Rachel Wetzsteon as a poet who negotiated, in her poems & essays, a middle ground between "form & content" (that old two-faced griffin) - between experience & art. The Contemporary Poetry Review has just published a posthumous essay of hers, which provides some evidence for this. Here's her concluding sentence :

"In 'Born Yesterday,' Larkin finds a happy medium between 'Nothing and paradise,' joy’s absence and its fragile or otherworldly abundance; and if we are skilled and vigilant and flexible enough readers to pay attention to this important, quietly profound poem, we will be enthralled."

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