Philip Larkin Essay

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Philip Larkin is a well-known English writer born in August 9, 1922 (Magill 1462). Larkin grew up around the 1930s and 1040s in the middle of economic depression and during the post-World War II era (Magill 1462). His diction are often profane, vulgar, or coarse and “his work projecting a stable and easily identifiable version of reality” (Perry 432). Perry wrote that “The power of Larkin's work as a whole remains undeniable (432). It takes readers into a world that is distinctively his own, yet one that resembles our everyday world” (Perry 432). His work is implies in a particular way which includes rationality, and a clear sense of truth (Perry 432). Although, some people may see his ...view middle of the document...

Larkin uses the ambulance as an imagery of illness; it implants the thought of death in readers. Larkin describes the man being taken away as “A wild white face that overtops” (10). Everyone stop to watch the ambulance take the sick man away. The speaker expresses that “And sense the solving emptiness/ That lies just under all we do, /and for a second get it whole, /So permanent and blank and true.” contains Larkin's reflection on the fate that people must all face one day (13-16). Larkin's message is clear and concise; Eventually, “All streets in time are visited” by the ambulance and “The traffic parts to let go by/ Brings closer what is left to come,/ And dulls to distance all we are” brings realization that people cannot escape death (Larkin 6, 28-30). Larkin also talks about death in his poem “Aubade”. The title “Aubade” suggested that the setting of the poem may take place in the morning or dawn as the word “Aubade” means a song or poem of lovers separating at dawn according to The Merriam-Webster Dictionary (“Aubade”). The second line “Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.” is to be expected according to the title (Larkin). Though, the poem has no relation with love or relationship; Like “Ambulance”, “Aubade” is about death, in which human must all confront one day. The same depressing yet, realistic point of view is shown in both poems. On the contrary, unlike “Ambulances”, “Aubade” is more in depth about death and the vision of death is very depressing. The poem opens in full strength, “Each of the first three lines is a complete sentence” (Jason 273). This is to warn readers that the “prosaic bluntness” will take over the traditional meaning of aubade (Jason 274). Larkin use of diction include “subtle rhythmic variations to reduce monotony” in this poem (Jason 274). According to author Jason, the example can be found on “Making” and “Waking” (Larkin 2, 6). In “Till then I see what's really always there: / Unresting death, a whole day nearer now” and “Arid interrogation: yet the dread/ Of dying, and being dead” clearly reflects the way Larkin see's death (4-5, 8-9). “Aubade” is an “irony” to “the speaker's predicament” (Jason 275). He awakes alone with no one beside him and as dawn approaches, he felt neither warmth nor enlightenment (Jason 275). Author Jason declares that “The poem is painfully honest” (275); yet, this type of honesty highlight Larkin's writing style. In “Ambulance”, Larkin reminded readers that no one can escape death, but in “Aubade”, he conveys a message about the horrors of death.
Philip Larkin expresses tension between religion and spirituality in his poem “Church Going”. In the first and second stanza, Larkin's use of sharp imagery draws the church clearly for readers such as describing the church with “...matting, seats, and stone,/ And little books; sprawling of flowers, cut/ For Sunday, brownish now; some brass and stuff” (3-5). In the second stanza, the speaker “Reflect the place...

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