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Wendy Cope

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Wendy Cope: why I won’t stop reading Philip Larkin

When I’m asked to name my favourite poem there are quite a few candidates – by Shakespeare, Emily Dickinson, and A E Housman. One very strong contender is “The Trees” by Philip Larkin. It opens with a beautiful simile: “The trees are coming into leaf/ Like something almost being said”.
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