Philip Larkin will receive a memorial stone in the poets' corner at Westminster Abbey. Larkin's known for his sardonic dismissal of social conventions, so we can imagine him snickering at the honor. However, he was also a sensitive believer in British traditions, which means he likely would be deeply moved.
The poet's corner lies near Geoffrey Chaucer's astonishingly small coffin. Larkin's fine poem, "Church Going," muses upon the decline of religion, while expressing deep longing for the symbols of belief. Now, his name will be placed among Britain's noted poets in the great national cathedral.