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Charles Davis writes "from story at
The Guardian. Philip Larkin has survived his brief exile from literary fashion as a middle-aged misanthrope with too pronounced a taste for
pornography, to emerge unreservedly as the poetry buff's favourite poet of the past 50 years.
He has triumphantly kicked his rival Ted Hughes, who was appointed poet laureate when Larkin refused the post, into second place.
Hughes's wife, Sylvia Plath, came equal second with her husband.
These were among the results yesterday of a poll of several thousand poetry readers held jointly by the Poetry Book Society and the
Poetry Library to mark their 50th anniversaries"