"Our almost-instinct almost true: What will survive of us is love." An Arundel Tomb, written in 1956 and first published in The Whitsun Weddings
“Our almost-instinct almost true:What will survive of us is love.”
An Arundel Tomb, written in 1956 and first published in The Whitsun Weddings in 1964, can best be described as an almost love poem. Inspired by the 14th Century memorial effigy in Chichester Cathedral of Richard Fitzalan, Earl of Arundel, and Eleanor of Lancaster, his second wife, its much quoted final couplet has divided readers since publication. Did the famously difficult and misanthropic Larkin really write a tribute to the power of love or is he saying something more complex?
An Arundel Tomb is written in rhymed six-line stanzas, with a faultless rhythm that makes it a joy to read aloud. Over two hours we will explore this surprising and moving poem about history, survival and love.
- Facilitated by Caroline Hammond
- Single meeting study, Wednesday 16 June 2021, 6-8.00 pm
- £25 includes background materials and opening notes
TO REGISTER for the study, please use the secure Paypal payment button below to pay £25. Contact us if you prefer to pay by direct bank transfer. Opening notes will be sent shortly after registration. The study is limited to 10 participants. Please contact us if you have any questions.