William Empson, Philip Larkin

This evening I heard Philip Larkin in William Empson’s voice (Larkin followed Empson, of course):

Empson: The heart of standing is you cannot fly. 

Harold Bloom talks about this back and forth influence that writer’s share. This is from Empson’s Let It Go:

It is this deep blankness is the real thing strange.
The more things happen to you the more you can’t
Tell or remember even what they were.

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One Comment on “William Empson, Philip Larkin”

  1. Reminds me of “The Lathe of Heaven” by Ursula K. Le Guin. The plot revolves around a character whose dreams alter reality.
    Nice to find you again Roy.
    – Sam Adams


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