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  • adj. Resembling the works or themes of Philip Larkin (1922–1985), English poet and novelist; colloquial, reflective, ironically understated, lugubrious, etc.


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Larkin +‎ -esque


  • In fact, he noted, in Larkinesque language, that his own reputation — at home as much as in his professional life — was as something of a "hard-ass."

    Larry Summers vs. the Tiger Mom

  • One can read it as a wry Larkinesque reflection on ageing and perspective, a typically English stoic grumble; or perhaps--picking up on the notes of authoritarianism and diminished agency--as a subtle comment on the narrowing of political possibilities during the decade of Thatcherism.

    Great Regulars: "Observation Car", published in the TLS

  • Very well: In what sense other than the Larkinesque does this brief fiction express anything “national”?

    Think of England

  • When she published her first book of poems, New Territory, in 1967, it was hard to distinguish her voice from the common tone of English poetry at large: wordly, cryptic, Larkinesque.

    The Delirium of the Brave

  • A near-contemporary of Philip Larkin, Rutherford sometimes uses Larkinesque forms or turns of phrase for his own poetic purposes.

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  • Callil arrestingly weaves the sad story of Anne Darquier’s ultimately failed efforts to reconcile herself to her Larkinesque condition with the history of Darquier’s grungy life, the chaos and political passions of the waning years of the Third Republic, and the sleazy intrigue and backbiting of the Vichy regime.

    The Path of Least Resistance


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