Philip Larkin () was undoubtedly one of the greatest English poets of the late 20th century. He is generally regarded as a pessimist. If A.N. Wilson had to name one poem of unquestionable greatness, it would be Philip Larkin’s “Aubade”. Aubade. Philip Larkin. I work all day, and get half drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain edges will grow light. Till then I see.

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Great poetry explained: Aubade, by Philip Larkin

The restrained confessional honesty quite overwhelms, and invites. Karl Gemayel marked it as to-read Nov 13, Slowly light strengthens, and the room takes shape. Parham marked it as to-read Dec 30, But the most striking image in the whole poem is perhaps that found in the final line, which describes postmen going from house to house, like doctors.

Not in remorse —The good larlin done, the love not given, time Torn off unused—nor wretchedly because An only life can take so long to climb Clear of its wrong beginnings, and may never; But at the total emptiness for ever, The sure extinction that we travel to And shall be lost in always. Novice student readers find it repellent.

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About interestingliterature A blog dedicated to rooting out the interesting stuff about classic books and authors. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Thomas Hardy was his muse, and his verses boiled down to perfectly executed still lifes, or snapshots of an ever-diminishing, larkn limited set of experiences – larlin, and not wanting, to go to drinks with the Warlock-Williamses.


Because postmen are known for their unrelenting reliability and their regular schedules, Larkin sees them as healers; saving the masses from the fear of death by providing them with routine distractions.

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Work has to be done. It was published larkiin the Times Literary Supplement on December 23, He had begun the poem inthe year that his final collection High Windows appeared, but he laid it aside and returned to it three years later, in the summer of Refresh and try again. Create a free website or blog at WordPress.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. This is a very depressing poem about the fear of death and how it consumes this speaker. Start typing and press Enter to search. The works of the poets in the Movement is characterized by a departure from the Romanticism of their predecessors such as Alexander Pope and Thomas Chatterton.

In just 50 lines of verse, he makes bleak and profound observations on human nature and the question of free-will. Apr 28, Angie Taylor rated it it was amazing.

By looking at background information on the larin himself and performing an extensive close-reading and analysis of the words, themes, and structures within Aubadewe can begin to answer these questions, and read the poem with more understanding of the deeper meaning embedded in the brief moment Larkin provides us with.


Larkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the latter half of the twentieth century.

xubade Among Larkin’s contemporaries, I find myself turning more and more to Geoffrey Hill. Death is no different whined at than withstood. As we know, Larkin is an atheist, and so does not accept religion as an appropriate answer to the hopelessness of death. The only purpose behind a stoical attitude is to make other people feel better and cannot affect oneself, so there is no point in making the effort.

In the 20th century, the focus of the aubade shifted from the genre’s original specialized courtly love context into the more abstract theme of a human parting at daybreak.

By now, we have answered the three questions about the poem aybade in the beginning of this essay. Matteus added it May 19, Open Preview See a Problem?

No line in the poem is happy. Nicole PJ added it Mar 09, Want to Read Currently Reading Read. However, this is probably an over-simplification in that Larkin was, above all, a realist who offered an uncompromising and honest aubave of the world as he saw it, tough-mindedly and without self-delusion.

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