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Awkward Reverence: Exploring the Poetry of Philip Larkin

  • Course Dates: Sat 16 February 2019, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

Philip Larkin became one of Britain’s most popular post-War poets on the strength of just over 100 pages of poetry.

His reputation as a grumpy, right-wing curmudgeon has sometimes distracted people from a more careful reading of the poems. These often have a lucidity of language coupled with an alarming honesty about the feelings and illusions of a 20th century life. How might a person of faith approach Larkin’s work? Is there a helpful conversation to be had between his poems and Christian belief? These are the questions that will lie at the centre of this introductory course.

Contact Alison Ogden for all booking enquiries
aogden@sarum.ac.uk  |  01722 424826  |  01722 424800 (main reception)

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Sat 16 February 2019
10:00 am to 4:00 pm
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Mark Oakley is Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral. He writes and broadcasts on poetry, spirituality and human rights. He is a trustee of the Civil Liberties Trust, an Ambassador for Stop Hate UK, a Visiting Lecturer at Kings College, London and a Visiting Scholar for the Centre for Human Flourishing at Sarum College.
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£60, includes lunch and refreshments