Larkin’s ‘new’ work a false alarm

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Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015 by The News Editor

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A “new” poem previously believed to have been penned by one of Hull’s favourite adopted literary sons is not really his.

Philip Larkin was born in Coventry in 1922 but died in his chosen city of Hull in 1985.

Thirty years later and fans of the renowned poet were excited to learn that one of his unpublished poems had been discovered. The Times recently published the poem, In and Out, after it was discovered at Hull History Centre inside Larkin’s workbooks.

The newspaper’s literary supplement (TLS) magazine has now admitted that the poem was written by a Hull poet, but not Larkin.

That honour instead goes to Frank Redpath, who was not half as celebrated as one of his main influences, Larkin.

Larkin in turn spoke of his admiration for Redpath.

The magazine expressed “regret” at the mistake, but said the work had seemed “so perfectly Larkinesque” after being verified by experts including Larkin’s estate.

Copyright Press Association 2015

Published: Wednesday 27th May 2015 by The News Editor

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