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Behind many of Larkins poems lies a raft of political assumptions, assess the extent to which you feel this to be the case.

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´╗┐Behind many of Larkin?s poems lies a raft of political assumptions. Informed by the Political readings section of the AQA anthologies assess the extent to which you feel this to be the case. Refer to one or more poems of your choice to support your answer. Larkin could usually be generalised as someone with strong conservative leanings and so one would expect that his poems are a reflection of his social and political views of society. If, however examined closely, through the perspective of a Marxist you could make the argument that he views the world in much the same way as Marx did but with different interpretations. ?The Large Cool store ?explores the idea of class in an era of great political and ideological change. In 1960?s Britain certain demographics in society were beginning to become more radicalised and social revolutions were taking place in all facets of life. One thing that really separates Larkin?s perspective from that of a Marxist perspective is although it could be argued is that both agree on the fact that there is a class division in Britain, both have totally different views on what the division is for. On the one hand Marx sees it as a tool to keep the working proletariat as a docile labour force being manipulated and controlled by the ruling bourgeoisie. ...read more.


Looking at ?Self?s The Man?, with a feminist perspective, it would be easy to make the argument that Larkin?s poem could be viewed as sexist. His negative view of women continues into the second stanza. ?Perk?, another example of colloquial lexis, is a work bonus. That the woman takes ?the money he gets? seems to present her as selfish, and the uses direct speech ?It?s Put a screw in this wall? mocks the women?s stereotypical words and undermines them, the imperative making her seem interfering and controlling. Direct speech is used again for the mother?s words: ?Saying Won?t you come for the summer.? Again, mocking and scornful, this utterance holds pseudo-snobbishness. After considering all the unlikeable things that Arnold has to do a list in the third stanza of things connected with the conjunction ?and?and?? creating a moaning, immature attitude), the persona concludes where he started, ?Oh, no one can deny ? ?That Arnold is less selfish than I?. A colloquial register is adopted, such as ?kiddies? clobber? referring to toys, ?perk?, and ?nippers?. It shows the lack of respect the persona has towards anything regarding the family. This negative view of marriage could be argued to represents Larkin?s own negative view. However, all the impressions are just filtered through the persona?s eyes,. ...read more.


Now they have entered into the snare of domesticity, children have replaced their place. Instead, their ?children, so intent on ?Finding unripe acorns? a hint that though they are young now, they will eventually grow into the same cycle ?expect to be taken home?. The verb ?expect? commands the women; their children and the thousand other domestic necessities trap them. ?Their beauty has thickened? is a metaphor that captures the signs of age, the beauty of youth filling out.The final two lines sum up the rest of the sad, sympathetic poem: ?Something is pushing them To the side of their own lives?. They have now become spectators in life this could be interpreted as the Marxist idea of alienation by society the couple each feels trapped in the social construction of marriage and feels isolated from the outside world. When looking at his poems it is important to note that he was neither a Marxist nor a feminist in fact he was fairly right leaning Tory. However it is possible to see both Marxist and Feminist criticisms when viewing the poems from that particular perspective. It is important to note the time most of his poems were written. In the 1960?s it could be argued that both Marxism and feminism were both far more relevant than they are today and so this could be the reason why it is easier to interpret some of what Larkin writes as being Marxist or Feminist. By Jack Sly 1700 ...read more.

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