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Well, amongst all the changes that we’re undergoing at the moment, it’s nice to sit back and take a moment to soak in the words of one of the great poets of the 20th Century, Philip Larkin.

This piece is arguably one of his finest, told in his honest, oddly optimistic style. Dealing with death and what is left behind by us in stone, Larkin aptly points out that the real legacy of our lives is in our love for each other. It can be said that the care we take in choosing what is portrayed in the stone of our tombs and gravestones is what has defined us in life, and it only takes a wander around a cemetery to see this. We wonder where this tomb might be, so we can connect further with what Larkin was thinking when he penned this poem. A great piece by one of the masters of modernist poetry.

Leave your thoughts below on this piece by Philip Larkin, and soak in the words of the poet in their own voice.