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Welcome to our regular Sunday feature, where we try to find the best modern poetry read by the Poet themselves.

This week, we decided to go with one of the greatest UK poets of the 20th century, Philip Larkin. Aubade, arguably one of Larkin’s best known and most powerful pieces, is one that has always stuck out for us when it comes to his work. A dark and brutally honest comment on mortality, this piece exudes power through it’s words, and an almost sage-like knowledge of the cycle of life and death. For here there are no easy answers, no crutch of religion, no false hope, in Larkin’s eyes. A haunting piece which sticks in the mind long after reading, and indeed listening to Larkins voice here.

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