Now set to join famous national poets such as William Wordsworth, TS Eliot and Ted Hughes, the now deceased Warwickshire poet Philip Larkin will have a commemorative stone unveiled in Westminster Abbey’s Poets’ Corner.
The floor stone will be shown to the public for the first time on 2 December 2016 – 31 years after the poet’s death.
Dean of Westminster, the Very Rev Dr John Hall, said that Larkin was “absolutely agnostic, I think, but he was intrigued by religion” when speaking to the BBC. The decision to honour Larkin comes as a surprise considering the writer’s preoccupation with Christianity as a dying religion.
The commemorative stone will feature a poem by the poet himself entitled ‘Church Going’.
Chair of the Philip Larkin Society Prof Edwin Dawes said: “We are delighted that in 2016 Larkin will take his place at the very cultural heart of the nation, in Westminster Abbey amongst Britain’s greatest writers.”
By Hal Breen