‘An Arundel Tomb’, by Philip Larkin, is written to preserve the image portrayed by a sculpture located on a tomb in Arundel. The poet uses this poem to convey the feelings, which the sight of this tomb induces for him. The whole poem itself is describing how an idea or identity in history is preserved through this sculpture. The poem consists of seven stanzas, mostly in trochaic tetrameter. The rhyming pattern for each stanza is ABBCAC. ‘Side by side,’ immediately brings forth the idea of the
Exploring Identity and Time in Here, An Arundel Tomb and The Whitsun Weddings Larkin has been criticized over the years for the moroseness of his poems, the blackened description of everyday life that some people say lacks depth, however, unlike many other poets, Larkin does not always write the truth or the depth of his feelings. In many there is a voice, trying to convince its author of something that is usually quite evident or exploring itself but revealing only the surface. Why he is trying
The Ozymandias that is described and talked about in the poem by Percy Bysshe Shelley is actually based on an actual Egyptian pharaoh, Ramses the second. Ramses the second translates to Ozymandias in Greek. Ozymandias ruled Egypt during the thirteenth century B.C. Ozymandias, or Ramses the second, was known for his ambition and for the giant statues of himself that he ordered to be made. It is one of these statues that is the centerpiece of this poem. Ozymandias starts by mentioning that the speaker
distance from isolation" there is enjambment which further stresses the isolation the couple is feeling while laying in bed. Bed is supposed to be a place where people can be themselves, be vulnerable and human. Works Cited Axelrod, Jeremy. "An Arundel Tomb." Poetry Foundation. N.p., n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. . Bradford Wilcox, W. "The Evolution of Divorce." Publications > National Affairs. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2014. .
Plath in Ariel and Larkin in The Whitsun Weddings both explore ideas about love and relationships. The Whitsun Weddings explores the theme of love and relationships by capturing the journey that takes place prior to marriage; the poem was written about Larkin’s observation of marriage parties on whit Sunday (now known as May Day) which was a public holiday and was traditionally the day on which people would get married. The Whitsun Weddings takes on a somewhat cynical tone which is emblematic of
and forget (as he shows in "The Building" when describing death and the hospital as the real world and life outside the hospital as the fake world). The elements outlive man and therefore, in their eternity are more powerful and important as in "Arundel Tomb" where the "undated snow" outlives the love symbolised by the statues holding hands. It could be argued of course that "Solar" is but an effort to criticise traditional poetry and the vacuous quality of society, however "Solar" does seems genuine
Introduction Philip Larkin, born in 1922, has been read under what are generally perceived as his major themes: death, fatalism and gloominess. However, throughout his life he had constantly been struggling with and reflecting on problems of sex, marriage, love, and living (cf. Motion, esp. 291). Publishing four volumes of poetry until his decease in 1985, Larkin became known for his lucid and often sharp-witted verse as well as for being socially withdrawn, sometimes called “the Hermit of Hull”