Thursday, September 25, 2008

The Relevance of Philip Larkin

"Some poems strike a chord. Others ring a bell. But Philip Larkin's Toads bongs like Big Ben inside my head. If I had my life again I would change nothing except the mental affliction that this sad, sardonic masterpiece describes so pithily and accurately. But changing that would change everything", writes Times journalist Richard Morrison, in a perceptive analysis of the way in which more schooling results in less education: