Seven Types of Technical Mastery
|Publication Date||March 2014|
|Formats||Hardcover Ebook (EPUB)|
The recent deaths of Philip Larkin's friends Kingsley Amis, Monica Jones, Maeve Brennan, Jean Hartley, Judy Egerton and Ruth Bowman underline the stark reality that the future of his reputation is passing irrevocably out of the hands of those who knew him and into the hands of those who do not. The first critical monograph to benefit from the textual rigour of Archie Burnett's landmark edition of The Complete Poems (2012), Radical Larkin is consciously addressed to a twenty-first century audience which reads his works direct, unmediated by biographical acquaintance. The volume consists of seven in-depth analyses of the techniques Larkin used to create 11 of his 'greatest hits'; namely, A Girl in Winter, 'Lines on a Young Lady's Photograph Album,', 'At Grass', 'March Past', 'Church Going', 'An Arundel Tomb', 'The Whitsun Weddings', 'This Be The Verse', 'The Card-Players', 'Vers de Société' and 'Aubade'.