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Compare the ways in which Larkin and Plath present their views on human relationships in the "Whitsun Weddings" and "Ariel"

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Literature and Language Compare the ways in which Larkin and Plath present their views on human relationships in the "Whitsun Weddings" and "Ariel" In confronting an analysis of "The Whitsun Weddings" by Phillip Larkin and "Ariel" by Sylvia Plath, it is immediately obvious that both authors consider human relationships in different ways. There are some similarities between the way in which they look upon other individuals, as both are prone to moments of depressive thought and in some cases such as "Daddy" by Sylvia Plath and "Mr Bleaney" by Phillip Larkin their expressions become somewhat exaggerated and one could say even hysterical in parts. Throughout the two Anthologies the feelings and emotions of the authors become apparent in the use of rhetorical devises and lexical choice, and thusly show the inner state of the poet at the time of composition. Plath is known for writing from her emotions; her poetry is really a reflection of self and generally carries a sinister undertone with a depressive view to humanity and the relationships she encounters through her life. ...read more.


(line 77) This sudden and almost alarming change of tone is reflective of Larkin's style when writing. Although the negativities of the Wedding ceremony are pushed forward, this ending stanza allows the reader and indeed the poet to have a sense of positivity towards the uncertainty of life and love; which is in comparison to Plath's viewpoint in "The Applicant". The use of the uplifting tone creates a sense of hope through the disengaged view of married life and can be compared to the tone in "Home is so Sad" by Larkin; the repeated idea of a wedding and marriage as a: "Joyous" (line 7) Occasion that ought to be celebrated is juxtaposed with the awkward normality of life after a wedding. This particular poem demonstrates Larkin's negative view towards his parents and we are able to see why his attitudes of resentment are as they are. Larkin views the "House" in terms of domestic items: "Look at the pictures and the cutlery. The music in the piano stool. That Vase" (lines 9 & 10) ...read more.


His tone although critical at first of the music involved in the poem, changes when the subject is brought forward. "I think of your face among all those faces..." (line 6) This particular line is very tender when writing about someone in his life, that otherwise hadn't been demonstrated, it allows a flicker of humanity to be seen by the reader, almost as if Larkin has let his guard down at the thought of this: "Beautiful and devout..." (line 7) Woman. Generally speaking this is very irregular of Larkin's style as his tone when identifying an individual is negative and cutting, in contrast his views of the woman's surroundings receive the negativities rather than the woman herself. In conclusion, it is the differences in the poet's reaction to individuals and circumstances that highlight not only the similarities between the two, but also the differences as well. Whilst Plath's work is a demonstration of her mental and inner emotional state, Larkin's work tends to approach different situations and the idea of human relationships in a superior tone with a limited use of positives to weigh against his negative opinions. It is both these differences and similarities between both Plath and Larkin that identifies them as clearly modernist poets. ...read more.

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