In the poem “At grass” by Philip Larkin the poet writes about his encounter with two retired horses. A passage of time is significant in this poem as it is only after the poet thinks back to what the horse’s life was like before it they retired that he has a change of mind and realises that th
Philip Larkin demonstrates the use of “piquant mixture of lyricism and discontent” through his poetic explorations in Here and The Whitsun Weddings. Both pieces were published in 1964 as a collection of poems collectively titled ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. In the poem Here you see both lyricism
A poem which describes an ordinary or everyday scene is ‘Ambulances’ by Philip Larkin. ‘Ambulances’ is about an ambulance going to take someone away and the neighbourhood is watching what is happening. It shows the curiosity that is in every human being and the inevitability of dying. This e
Philip Larkin, is a famous writer in postwar Great Britain, was commonly referred to as "England's other Poet Laureate" until his death in 1985. Indeed, when the position of laureate became vacant in 1984, many poets and critics favored Larkin's appointment, but the shy, provincial
Philip Larkin – The Trees
Commentary by Merve Hilal Taş
The Trees by Philip Larkin is a 3 stanza poem observing the rebirth of trees. The trees are used as a metaphor for life in general symbolizing our hopes that we try to achieve to be reborn before eventually dying. There’s also a messag
Philip Larkin is one of the most celebrated modern poets. He enjoys high reputation among the contemporary poets. As long ago as 1965 one critic talked of him as ‘’the best poet England now has’’(King 1) and ten years later his opinion was reaffirmed by Alan Brownjohn when he claimed that
Love and Marriage with Philip Larkin and Eavan Boland
It is strange how time changes relationships. When I first started dating the man who is now my fiancée, one of my biggest fears was of walking down the aisle on our wedding day, feeling unsure that I was makin
Larkin Poem Commentaries
My feelings for ‘Here’ have much to do with the recent video prepared for the Larkin25 anniversary, which should be seen in conjunction with what I have to say here. Sir Tom Courtenay’s reading together with the images of Hull and its surrounding areas, leave me
Wires by Philip Larkin is an analogy of a society trapped by rules and limits and a demonstration that fear prevents humankind from following their desires. Larkin writes this poem in 1950 with the idea of showing his point of view of the world. In the poem the cattles are trapped by t
The theme of journeys is present in Philip Larkin’s poem, A Study of Reading Habits. However, it is not a physical journey that we see, but a metaphorical journey about the speaker’s life progression through his changing escapisms created by books. The title is a mock, serious title for it...
Personal Response to Mr Bleaney
In the poem Mr Bleaney by Philip Larkin the poet portrays a theme of loneliness. And not only does the poem suggest a feeling of solitude and emptiness the poet also deliberately uses langue and poet techniques to emphasise the theme he’s going for.
Arguably this poem is not simply a misogynistic view on woman however is in fact a satirical poem which mocks modernity through quantifying love as expressed in the use of the line 'gave a ten Guinea-ring'. Larkin was a well known hater of the modern world and to an extent the romanticised...
Stanza forms and images in Philip Larkin
The various fields of art, just as all ways of life, in the twentieth century were deeply impacted by the horrifying experiences of the two world wars and especially the second one. English poetry was not an exception either. "Among the poets of this time
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
We live in a time of change. Financially, politically and environmentally, nothing is guaranteed. At such times, we must question the meaning of life and our place in this world. What will be our legacy? What, in the words of Philip Larkin, 'will survive of us'? In the poems on our course, Larkin ex
Examine the ways in which Larkin’s poems explore the gap between romantic yearning and disillusioned pragmatism
As a poet who wrote during the post war period during the 1950’s & 1960’s; Philip Larkin’ poetry reflected the philosophy of many individuals in Britain; as it was beginning...
Philip Larkin’s poem “Here” is able to use clear syntax, vivid imagery, and clever choice of words to distinctly convey his attitudes towards the four different places he describes in the poem: a bustling city, a large town, a suburban community, and an isolated paradise.
‘Ambulances’ by Philip Larkin
Philip Larkin’s ‘Ambulances’ is a poem that describes the literal journey of an ambulance that also takes on an increasingly sinister metaphorical value. The ambulance weaves through the busy afternoon streets, demanding the attention of passers-by while...
Compare the ways in which Blake and Larkin present the theme of corruption in their poems.
William Blake and Phillip Larkin are very different poets; they have different techniques to convey their ideas but both skilfully are able to establish a connection with the audience through these...