Silver Jubilee urn

Erection date: 1977


{Around the rim of the bowl:}
Erected to commemorate the silver jubilee of H M Queen Elizabeth 1952 - 1977.

{On the ground in front of the urn:}
1952 - 1977
In times when nothing stood
But worsened or grew strange
There was one constant good
She did not change

{On the ground behind the urn:}
A nation's a soul
A soul is a wheel
With a crown for a hub
To keep it whole

Hughes became Poet Laureate a few years later and Larkin was of similar standing. In our view their lines for the jubilee do not greatly advance the cause of poetry.

2022: The Guardian Letters page of Saturday 12 February 2022 included a letter from David Evans of Exeter giving Larkins' poem plus: "Revealing, perhaps, as much his ambivalent feelings about Hughes as any he had about the monarchy, Larkin included a pastiche of what he imagined Hughes would write:
The sky split apart in malice
Stars rattled like pans on a shelf
Crow shat on Buckingham Palace
God pissed himself."

Site: Silver Jubilee urn (1 memorial)

WC1, Queen Square

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Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II

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Queen Elizabeth II

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Ted Hughes

Born 1 Aspinall Street, Mytholmroyd, Yorkshire. Appointed Poet Laureate in 1...

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Philip Larkin

Born Coventry. Larkin spent 30 years in the northern port city of Hull workin...

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