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James Kirkup


Quotations

  • ''We find we breathe again, and hear the surgeon hum.
    Outside, in the street, a car starts up. The heart regularly
    Thunders.—''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 66-68). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''She who does not know she is a patient lies
    Within a tent of green, and sleeps without a sound''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 13-14). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Cleanly, sir, you went to the core of the matter.
    Using the purest kind of wit, a balance of belief and art,
    You with a curious nervous elegance laid bare
    The root of life, and put your finger on its beating heart.''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.
  • ''with proper grace
    Informing a correct compassion, that performs its love, and makes it
    live.''
    James Kirkup (b. 1923), British poet. A Correct Compassion (l. 71-72). . . Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century English Verse, The. Philip Larkin, ed. (1973) Oxford University Press.

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