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Q: The Poetry of Philip Larkin ( No Answer,   1 Comment )
Subject: The Poetry of Philip Larkin
Category: Reference, Education and News > Homework Help
Asked by: paula_jane-ga
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Posted: 08 Mar 2006 06:38 PST
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Question ID: 704905
I am going to write my dissertation on the poetry of Philip Larkin. 
I'm currently looking for an angle/argument to construct.  Was
thinking of doing it in three parts that chronologically chart his
collections, The Less Deceived, The Whitsun Weddings, High Windows and
look at the recurrent themes in his poetry.  Also looking at the
humour in his poetry and the battle between humour and desapir. 
Looking to prove how his poetry is autobiographical, displays the
private man as opposed to the sociable, friendly man that everybody
seems to claim he was.  With a final section offering a
psychoanalytical approach - is his poetry a means of relieving
anxieties, fears etc.

Any ideas on how this could be structured?  Whether it sounds feasible?
There is no answer at this time.

Subject: Re: The Poetry of Philip Larkin
From: hardtofindbooks-ga on 08 Mar 2006 19:33 PST
Hi paula_jane

Nothing specific, I'm afraid, but I've always thought there was
something to be made of his jazz reviews in relation to his poetry and
attitdes to writing and modernism in particular. The reviews might be
particularly useful in a chronological analysis as they are both dated
and regular.
As you probably know they were collected into All What Jazz

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.
They are to be happy in:
Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.

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