The Poetry of Philip Larkin
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08 Mar 2006 06:38 PST
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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?
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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 http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0374519080/103-8103176-2623841?v=glance&n=283155 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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