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Compare the ways in which larkin and abse write about love in their poems

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Compare the ways in which Larkin and Abse write about love in their poems. Larkin's poetry often relates to the social and cultural views upon love and marriage in his time, love is an unusual theme in Larkin's poetry as his poems normally result to a recurring theme of death. 'An Arundel Tomb' expresses Larkin's views on love; it mirrors the ambiguity and paradox of love and life. However Abse on the other hand delivers a different approach, he for see's love as a special and unique that lies between him and his family. The theme of love is presented in many of Larkin's poems "An Arundel Tomb" is a key poem portraying the theme of love. The observer adopts the idea of the Latin names around the base as something surviving throughout time .Does he really mean the Latin language? Or is giving the reader and open-ended interpretation meaning love will survive. The observer uses an oxymoron "stationary voyage" to emphasize something moving but staying still, this could be interpreted as time passing but their love for one another is neverforgotten. ...read more.


The title of the poem "The Malham bird" has some significance, a Malham bird is the bird of Eden, the bird who obeyed the commandant not to eat of the forbidden fruit and so it lives forever in paradise. "That long summer a clarity of marvels yet no morning News announced the great world " he is in emphasising the time they were falling in love, and the imagery used here to reflect their happiness " long summer" could represent their longing happiness. "In love- you a Gentile and I a Jew!" this line places more emphasis on a loving marriage not their religion and how nothing was able to get in between him. This is significant in the fact that religion was very important at this time, and for him to say that not even religion could get in the way of their relationship portrays his love for his wife. "In Wales, the tame seagull that seemed a portent a love message, as if Dafydd's ghost had sent it?" ...read more.


"My soft diamond, my deciduous evergreen" Abse has used an oxymoron here to represent his love towards his son and how his relationship is not quite one or the other but n between. "The age my cool soon" here is emphasising how he is proud of him; also how he sees the link that bit of him is in his son. The end of the poem emphasises his love for his son "while two white butterflies stumble held each to each, as if by elastic, and pass." This represents his sadness and how his son is "blossoming" and how they will go their separate ways. Overall, Larkin and Abse both portray and discuss their views on love throughout their poems; however they differ in the sense that Abse helps us form an understanding of how Larkin expresses his love about music and how he demonstrates a different approach to Abse. Abse's poems tend to express his love about his family whereas Larkin expresses his way to escape from boredom and fear through his love for music as seen in "Sidney Bechet". ...read more.

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