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Discuss Larkin's evocation of locations and place in this anthology and assess its significance in his poetry. You should refer to a number of poems in the collection.

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Nicola White Discuss Larkin's evocation of locations and place in this anthology and assess its significance in his poetry. You should refer to a number of poems in the collection. Larkin refers to different locations and places in his poetry, whether he is referring to different countries and cities or just different areas. There is a significant amount of movement in his poetry from place to place using journeys, such as the use of train images in 'Here' and 'The Whitsun Weddings'. Larkin continually refers to his own lifestyle and past; his home town of Hull is referred to in a number of poems as well as other locations he has visited or moved to and his views on these areas. England and dying England are common themes within Larkin's poetry. He wishes to express his views towards his home and display his emotional distance from the country. Larkin seems to possess some patriotism yet he detaches himself from many places in England due to being a poet who has encountered many changes in English society. Larkin has a wide knowledge of various different locations and likes to express his attitudes towards the world surrounding him. ...read more.


By using a train journey Larkin is able to demonstrate the changes within locations and what you might expect from these areas. The industrialisation of many of these places reflects the changing generation, 'grinning and pomaded girls' he views these girls as being false and attempting to change their appearance just like industrialisation can modify an area. When his journey comes to a stop the poem slows down significantly due to the use of punctuation, the poet is detaching himself from this world of industrialisation and the use of negative connotations such as, 'past standing Pullmans' and 'blackened moss' demonstrate this. Larkin feels it was a 'traveling coincidence' that he ended up on this journey which would reveal so much about life and fill him with so much inspiration. 'Mr. Bleaney' is another poem with references to location and place however, a more enclosed space is described. A room is the primary focus of this poem, 'Mr Bleaney's room. He stayed the whole time he was at the Bodies, till they moved him'. The room is described as an impersonal setting which is rather bleak; the reference to 'they' that moved him has connotations of death which creates further eerie surroundings. ...read more.


Larkin uses location and place to represent issues within his life. He feels inspired by changes in locations through movement as well as time. Larkin's journeys show his reaction to different places and how the changes reflect his personal experiences. Places can reflect people and vice versa and this is how particular societies are formed. The change of place due to industrialisation also reflects the situation of Britain at the time and represents Larkin's views on these issues. He does not seem particularly enthused with change which reflects the issues with time and movement concerning personal concerns. Place is significant for addressing further matters thus it is used considerably within Larkin's poetry. Locations and place can also be concealed within false advertising as shown in 'Sunny Prestatyn' however Larkin clarifies that it is harder to conceal society than place especially when you visit these areas. Change in location can also give you freedom within society which can be a positive visit these places. Change in location can also give you freedom within society which can be a positive aspect; Larkin demonstrates this in 'The Importance of Elsewhere' as he shows how different places generate mixed feelings. Larkin's poetry shows how location and place shapes many different aspects of life and influences his inspiration for writing. ...read more.

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