Philip Larkin As A Pessimistic Poet Essays and Term Papers

  • Is Philip Larkin pre-eminently a poet of loneliness and loss?

    “Larkin is pre-eminently a poet of loneliness and loss.” How far do you agree with this statement? Make reference to the poems we have read so far in your response. Philip Larkin, one of Britain’s best loved poets, was known for his often unenthusiastic outlook towards life and the people that surrounded...

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  • Philip Larkin

    Philip Larkin was born in 1922 in Coventry, England. Like Thomas Hardy, he focused on intense personal emotion but strictly avoided sentimentality or self-pity. Deeply anti-social and a great lover (and published critic) of American jazz, Larkin never married and conducted an uneventful life as a librarian...

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  • Philip Larkin

    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 (expression...

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  • Philip Larkin

    "Larkin is a poet of grey moods, suburban melancholy and accepted regrets." Do you agree or disagree You can look out of your life like a train and see what your heading for, but you can't stop the train. This was one of Larkin's famous quotes. It means life keeps going on, even when there's a bump...

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  • Philip Larkin

    shingle. Here is unfenced existence: Facing the sun, untalkative, out of reach. Philip Larkin Student Notes: Students can start by situating the poem in its historical and thematic contexts. Students should also build their interpretation...

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  • Philip Larkin

    Philip Larkin 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...

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  • Philip Larkin

    Faith Healing Q1) How does Philip Larkin describe the faith healer? We are introduced to the faith healer as ‘woman file to where he stands’. He is at the centre of the situation that Philip Larkin is describing. A position in the centre is always one associated with power or in this case even...

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  • The Less Deceived - Philip Larkin

    Lines On A young lady's photograph album At last you yielded up the album, which Once open, sent me distracted. All your ages Matt and glossy on the thick black pages! Too much confectionery, too rich: I choke on such nutritious images. My swivel eye hungers from pose to pose -- In pigtails...

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  • Papers About Philip Larkins

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  • Philip Larkin Ambulances Discussion

    Throughout his works Philip Larkin shows the ‘emptiness that lies under all we do.’ The way we travel through life riding a wave of superficialities, too caught up in the moment to see what is really going on. Larkin aims to alleviate the blindness created by our deep involvement, attempting to draw...

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  • Philip Larkin "Days"

    Philip Larkin "Days" "Days" by Philip Larkin is a ten line poem that is deceptive in its simplicity. This article considers Larkin's poetic method in this remarkable short poem. Philip Larkin (1922-1985) wrote the poem "Days" in 1953. The poem was published in Larkin's highly successful collection...

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  • Wires by Philip Larkin

    WIRES 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 the...

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  • Analysis of Philip Larkin

    Analysis of Philip Larkin’s poem ‘First sight’ in relation to the idea of natural progression through stages of life. First sight is an intense yet fulfilling interpretation of a newly born lambs first glimpses of the world. The poem also explores the difficulties the young lamb faces through its first...

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  • Ambulances - Philip Larkin

    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 essay will discuss how the poet uses an ordinary/everyday...

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  • The Poem “at Grass” by Philip Larkin

    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 they are...

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  • Philip Larkin poem comparison

    How does Philip Larkin explore the role of women in at least two poems you have studied? Philip Larkin’s relationships with women are often scrutinized in the media. He was often accused of misogyny and never married, though had several prominent relationships. Having once said, “Sex means nothing...

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  • philip larkin analysis

    sixth stanza, there is something of a volta, signalled by the contracting conjunction “but”: “But wait, not so fast: / Is there such a contrast?” The poet claims that Arnold, too, was just “out for his own ends” and “if it was such a mistake / He still did it for his own sake / Playing his own game.” ...

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  • Philip Larkin Here

    Self's the man Oh, no one can deny That Arnold is less selfish than I. He married a woman to stop her getting away Now she's there all day, And the money he gets for wasting his life on work She takes as her perk To pay for the kiddies' clobber and the drier And the electric fire, And...

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  • Philip Larkin Love and Marraige

    Love and Marriage with Philip Larkin and Eavan Boland Ashley Couch Houghton College 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 making...

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  • Critical Analysis of 'Here' by Philip Larkin

    ‘HERE’ PHILIP LARKIN CRITICAL ANALYSIS ‘Here’ is a sprawling, moving and often majestic poem that takes the reader on a strikingly visual journey through the countryside and the town, before finally ending up on the coast. Larkin uses long, flowing sentences which add a sense of continual movement;...

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