Philip Larkin to get Poets’ Corner memorial
17 June 2015
From the section Entertainment & Arts
Larkin is one of Britain’s best-known 20th Century poets
Philip Larkin is to be honoured with a memorial in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey.
A floor stone dedicated to Larkin – who died in 1985 – will join the names of the country’s best-loved poets including WH Auden, TS Eliot and William Wordsworth.
It will be unveiled on 2 December 2016, the 31st anniversary of Larkin’s death.
The last poet to be honoured was Ted Hughes in 2011.
With poems like The Whitsun Weddings and This Be The Verse – which contains his famous musings on “your mum and dad” – Larkin is widely regarded as one of Britain’s finest 20th Century poets.
The decision to honour him was made by the Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall.
Philip Larkin’s memorial stone will be unveiled in 2016
“Philip Larkin is one of the great poets of the 20th Century in English and it’s been pressed on me by a number of his colleagues and friends that it’s the right time to memorialise him,” Dr Hall told the BBC.
Prof Edwin Dawes, who chairs the Philip Larkin Society, said Larkin’s words were quoted more frequently than those of any of …read more
Source:: BBC Entertainment