In what way was Philip Larkin a Movement poet ?

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The Movement was a group of British poets in the 1950s that included Kingsley Amis, Philip Larkin, D.J. Enright and Donald Davie. They were known for an anti-Romantic stance, opposition to modernism and internationalism, return toi tradition verse forms, and focus on ordinary lower and middle class life. Larkin's poetry is typical in its use of traditional metrical forms, self-deprecating stance, understated language, and portrayals of ordinary daily life. Like other members of the Movement, he graduated from a grammar rather than independent school, and retained a strong identity as a provincial "small Englander". A typical example of his attitude towards life and work, that typifies the Movement in it's portrait of the ordinary, is the ending of "Toads Revisited":


No, give me my in-tray,
My loaf-haired secretary,
My shall-I-keep-the-call-in-Sir:...


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