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  • The Recurring Theme of Death in the Poetry of Philip Larkin.

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    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

  • Essay on Philip Larkin - A Voice of Pain for This Century

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    Philip Larkin - A Voice of Pain for This Century On August 9, 1922, the poet Philip Larkin was born in the town of Coventry in England (Thwaite, Letters xvii). After graduating St. John’s College in Oxford in 1943 with a First Class degree, he worked at both the University College of Leicester and Queen’s College at Belfast before finally settling down at the University of Hull as Librarian in 1955 (Thwaite, Letters xviii). That same year, with the publication of his collection The Less Decieved

  • How can Philip Larkin's poetry be used to address the marginal or neglected?

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    and to the marginalised self. Philip Larkin is renowned for his use of the colloquial in his poetry, and he renews the importance of everyday language and words, that have been neglected and marginalised in forms of expression. His poems have the tone of the ordinary day. Through this use of language, he reflects on the loss of identity and to the neglected state of England due to modernisation and industrialisation. Poetry itself is a specialist form; however Larkins poetry can be seen as homely

  • What Is The Poem Poetry Of Metaphors

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    ‘Poetry of Departures’ by Philip Larkin is a poem that bears uncanny semblance to life today – especially that of the current-day youth. The poem, apart from being a good read, is a very apt description of how young people tend to go about their lives these days – mostly bored, slightly mechanical in outlook, wanting to do more but failing to go noticed as more than a mere cog in the machine that’s life. The poem bases itself on the themes of escape, boredom, and restlessness – and in doing so it

  • Larkin vs Abse on Relationships Essay

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    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”.

  • Comparison of Philip Larkin´s High Windows and Seamus Heaney´s Punishment

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    Philip Larkin (1922-1895) was an English novelist and poet, in 1955 he became a Liberian at the University of Hull. He would stay on working at the University until his death in 1895. During the first few months of his time working at the University he stayed in various bedsits, after this he moved into a flat which appears to be the same flat in which he wrote his poem “High Windows” which was first published in 1974. Clive James commented on this poem by saying: “The total impression of High Windows

  • Summary Of Franz Kafka's Metamorphosis

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    ID # 3 And it was like a confirmation of their new dreams and good intentions when at the end of their ride, their daughter stood up first and stretched her young body. The last few lines of Franz Kafka’s, “Metamorphosis,” points out that Gregor is not the only one in the family that undergoes changes of some kind. There are two other changes that have happened throughout the story. When Gregor turns into the bug, his family realizes that he can no longer support them. Here it seems to be like

  • Jane Holland's Pulse Poem Meaning

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    psychological and emotional tension involved in the persona of the ‘woman poet’ energizes the imaginative and linguistic fabric of their compositions. Jane Holland’s “Pulse” shows the gender-negotiation and pluralism we emphasize: “I am not a woman poet./ I am a woman and a pot,/ The difference is in the eyes”.In the ‘difference’ on which Holland retorts the female ‘eye’/’I’ overwrites the disempowering effect of the male gaze traditionally inscribed in lyric poetry. Jackie Kay enforces the point:

  • Stop All The Clocks Poem

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    Referring closely to the language of the poets, explain how loss is presented in “Stop All The Clocks” and “The Voice.” “Stop All The Clocks” by W. H. Auden expresses a dramatic, immediate response to the death of his partner. Thomas Hardy writes “The Voice” to profess the remorse he feels, after his wife dies while their relationship was on bad terms and estranged. Both Poems are written in four stanzas of four lines. Each stanza in “The Voice” highlights the different stages of grief. The first

  • Afternoons by Philip Larkin Essays

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    Afternoons by Philip Larkin. A poem which reflects on the subject of marriage is 'Afternoons' by Philip Larkin. 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 deepened my understanding of the issue. The structure of the poem is simple; there are

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