Afternoons: Poetry

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“Afternoons” by Philip Larkin expresses his point of view which I, the reader find disturbing. The poem deals with Larkin 's view on young mothers watching their kids playing in a playground and on this he concludes that marrying young and having children young, lead to the mothers losing their identity and destiny. The techniques used by the poet such as theme, imagery and tone develop different connotations of who Philip Larkin was and also deepens the readers understanding of the issue. Throughout the poem we see Larkin 's rather cynical view of marriage and how he deals with the idea that the young mothers are isolated. The poets use of language emphasizes the recurring theme of emptiness within the young mothers and how regimented…show more content…
Then the theme of family relationships which links to the theme of replacement as well as regimentation is found again in all three stanzas but is most depressing in stanza three, for example the parenthesis of” (But the lovers are still in school)” meaning as soon as couples leave school and get married, the love in their relationship dies and neither parties in that relationship think as much of each other as they might of once done. Then with “Their beauty has thickened” and “Behind them, at intervals, stand husbands” both show their age and that they do not think as much of themselves and each other as time has taken its effect on both of them and “behind” meaning in position and time showing he’s in the back of her mind and not what she thinks of anymore. Even the high point in their life such as a wedding is turned to be a memory long forgotten, “Our Wedding, lying Near the television:” as the television is seen to be more important as the albums are lying around it. And the photos are lying layer upon layer not cared for anymore as the high point in their life is now forgotten. And
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