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October 2, 2007 at 2:37 am #1323
October 2, 2007 at 2:49 am #16268
personal response – could be anything, I’m gonna go again with like or dislike the poem, its the easiest. Did the following make you like/ dislike the poem:
his honest personality: Larkin admits he too is subject to the human want for love to be everlasting. He, like everyone else, wants that “What will survive of us is love.”
YOU MIGHT LIKE THE FACT THAT HE’S HONEST, OR NOT BECAUSE IT TAKES AWAY AN ELEMENT OF MYSTERY TO THE POEM – THERE IS NOTHING FOR THE READER TO EXPLORE?
modern, contemporary themes being used: transience of love, love etc. IS THE POEM BETTER FOR THIS AND HENCE MORE UNIVERSAL TO A READER SUCH AS YOURSELF TODAY OR DOES IT MAKE THE POEM DULL AND BORING AND LESS EXTRA ORDINARY IN THIS WORLD?
descriptive power: “side by side, their faces blurred,” “bone-riddled grass”, “ a trough/ of smoke in slow suspended skeins”, DO YOU LIKE THAT THE POEM IS DETAILED THOROUGHLY, AND GIVEN A REALISTIC WORLD OF ITS OWN?
exploration of dilemma in the lives of ordinary people: Larkin here talks of the changing state of life. He takes the “earl and countess” as his example. He uses statements such as “They would not think to lie so long”, “They would not guess how early in” and “They hardly meant” to show that life has progressed in a manner they did not think it would. AGAIN, DO YOU LIKE THE ORDINARY AND FAMILIAR BEING USED, OR WOULD YOU PREFER THE EXTRA ORDINARY?
again, look at things like is his ironic wit present, is his depressing and pessimistic viewpoint present in the poem etc
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