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Analyse how the Larkin's use of form,structure and language shape meaning in MCMXIV .

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´╗┐comment on and analyse how the writer's use of form,structure and language shape meaning in MCMXIV . The poem ?MCMXIV? (1914) by Philip Larkin is a poem written in the early 1960?s. Philip Larkin uses Roman numerals to let the reader know that he is writing about the past. The langauge used in this poem is simple however the style has a double meaning which could suggest that the poet is lost in nostalgia. The poem is divided into four stanzas. Each stanza addresses different things, thus Larkin split the poem to separate the different areas of focus. In the poem Larkin repeats the line "never such innocence" at the beginning and end of the last stanza to obviously prevail that their innocence has, obviously, disappeared. ...read more.

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The language of the poem is which could suggest that the poet is lost in imagination visualising the hazy glimpses or scenes of past. ?Standing as patiently, As if they were stretched outside, The Oval or Villa park? and ?moustached archaic faces? indicate, in a sense, the indifference of people towards the war. All the men leaving England, to go to war in stanza two ?shut shops, bleached names, dark-clothed children?, is used to, present a picture of routined life. In addition it could also be used to provide a metaphor for war.The point to note is that there is a marked hint of sadness in the presentation of this picture. Furthermore the description of urban and rural life can be termed as a symbolic and metaphorical description. ...read more.

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Larkin creates a picture of how England was like before the war and hints at the change and loss. Larkin describes the queue at the recruitment office as a long line of ?hats... on moustached archaic faces grinning as i fit were a ... lark? in the first stanza. The hats and moustaches were common for men at the time especially hats were seen as a formality at the time. Larkin introduces the loss of innocence in the last stanza as the people realize the extent of impact on the entire English country. All clases and all communities are affected, no one seems to be spared. Philip Larkin paints a picture for the reader in his poem. He uses his poem to illustrate the innocence and naivity of the reader. ...read more.

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