Poetry of Philip Larkin. In reading the poetry of Philip Larkin for the first time, one is struck by the characteristically glum atmosphere that pervades most of his poems. The vast majority of his verse is devoted to what is generally taken to be negative aspects of life, such as loneliness and dejection, disappointments, loss, and the terrifying prospect of impending death. Evidently, there are uplifting and humorous sides to his work as well, but for certain reasons Larkin is invariably
Harold Pinter and Philip Larkin present the theme of isolation in a variety of different ways throughout their works. In The Caretaker, Pinter explores the notion of isolation and how it impacts all three characters in a brutally raw way, exposing their vulnerabilities and exploring their most true identities in vastly different ways. Throughout Collected Poems, many of the works explore how the character in each poem escapes modern life by isolating themselves, both emotionally, such as in ‘Talking
Philip Larkin’s The Whitsun Weddings As I was reading Philip Larkin’s "The Whitsun Weddings," I was initially struck by the difference between his use of language and the language used by many of the poets we read earlier in the course. The difference between the language of the two W.B. Yeats poems we wrote about previously and this poem by Larkin was particularly striking. Of course, the use of language changed slowly, with each poet we have read between Yeats and Larkin becoming less
“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
Philip Larkin: an Antimodernist Poet Who Dealt With Everyday Realities of Life through his Poetry Dr. Deepika Sharma Asst. Prof. (Dept. of English) M.G.M. Degree College, Sambhal, U.P. Abstract: Philip Larkin, one of the leading poets of the movement group of 1950s, showed his disapproval for the modernistic notion of progress in his
Toads and Toads Revisited are poems in Philip Larkin’s collection that describes both the perks and burdens of a work life. Larkin’s view of work in ‘Toads’ is seen as a heavy load whereas in ‘Toads Revisited’, it is seen as something that keeps him occupied and helps him though life. ‘Toads Revisited’ was written after Larkin became a firmly established chief librarian of the Hull Library and he had no further to go because he had already reached the top position. His attitude to work had undergone
Larkin and abse discussing relationships Philip Larkin and Dannie Abse have very different and contrating attitudes to relationships. On the whole, Larkin presents the concepts of love and marriage as very superficial and meaningless, whereas Abse appears to be less such nihilistic and more open and positive about such topics. The essay will discuss this contrast by examing Larkin’s “Whitsun Weddings”, “Wild Oats” and “Arundel Tomb”, and Dannie Abse’s “Imitations” and “Sons”.
Both Larkin and Abse have composed verse which includes certain degrees of misery, be that as it may, it's reasonable that they have distinctive perspectives on what causes the feeling. Charles Hall said that it was "ideal" in Larkin's perspective, "for everybody to leave themselves to their fates and acknowledge the intractable void of their lives." Larkin appears to have the viewpoint that misery is for the most part and crucial part of the human condition. Though Abse is for the most part hopeful