Saturday, January 8, 2011

We met at the end of the party - Philip Larkin

We met at the end of the party
When all the drinks were dead
And all the glasses dirty:
'Have this that's left', you said.
We walked through the last of summer,
When shadows reached long and blue
Across days that were growing shorter:
You said: 'There's autumn too'.
Always for you what's finished
Is nothing, and what survives
Cancels the failed, the famished,
As if we had fresh lives
From that night on, and just living
Could make me unaware
Of June, and the guests arriving,
And I not there.

Philip Larkin -


Anonymous said...

When did he write it?

R J W said...

I think it was on a Valentine's card to one of his lovers when he was at Hull.
That doesn't answer your question does it¿

Anonymous said...

The poem was written in 1976, and was intended for one of his 3 lovers - Betty Mackereth, his secretary with whom he was having an affair. The poem was never published during Larkin's lifetime because the 2 other women in his life (Monica Jones & Maeve Brennan) would have asked him difficult questions about who it had been written for.