Does Professor Burnett imagine that the inclusion of “Walt Whitman” – or the many other bumbling snippets of nonsense like it – strengthens Larkin’s oeuvre? If so he is seriously mistaken.
This is roughly what he meant by liberalism: it is, or ought to be, an acknowledgment of complexity and difficulty and an awareness of the objections that can be raised against it.
Morten Høi Jensen is the books editor of Idiom.
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