• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In Philip Larkins poem, This Be the Verse, he uses strong language to get across his message of that no one should have children.

Extracts from this document...


October 3, 2011 This Be the Verse Commentary In Philip Larkin's poem, "This Be the Verse," he uses strong language to get across his message of that no one should have children. The title already gives hints to the attitude of this poem. The title "This Be the Verse" sounds like the Larkin is stating that this is the guide that we should all live by. Specifically, "verse" gives off a very biblical feeling making it sound official and used by people centuries ago. Also the defined article "the" before "verse" adds seriousness to the title. As for the form, from the first stanza it is already evident that there is an alternating rhyme scheme and that each stanza has four lines. In addition, the stanzas are short and simple which makes it very child like. Larkin perhaps made them short in order to get his message across to the reader. ...read more.


The first stanza has a clear message that parent have a negative effect on their children, however, the next stanza this perspective changes. In the second stanza imagery is used to show the generation divide your parents and you. It makes it sound like this process is an ongoing cycle. To add to this effect the stanza is also one sentence, which is similar to how the cycle never ends. Since the attitude of this stanza is different than the last, Larkin used the word "but" to change his perspective to that its not all your parents fault because they were influenced negatively by their own parents. This relieves the mitigating circumstances for the parents. Same as the last stanza, the word "fuck" is used allowing the reader to think that it is exactly same situation for the parents. The third stanza of this poem puts the cycle into a larger perspective. ...read more.


Then by the last stanza he takes the entire cycle into perspective and notices that even in society and nature this pattern is found. His message, for the reader, depends on who is reading it. For parents, they might feel offended because it is a shock for someone to tell them that they are not good parents. Younger people, who are not parents yet, would find this poem humorous but they also might feel sympathy for the parents because of what they have been through. I do not believe that this is truly how Larkin feels about his parents and the cycle but this was just a time in his life where he felt this way and wanted to express it. I do not believe he is serious because of his several uses of black humor. For example, "who fools in old-style hats and coats," everyone has respect for their grandparents and he just means it in a humorous way. Larkin's form and organization was great importance to achieving his message that the only way to stop this cycle is to not have children. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Philip Larkin section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Philip Larkin essays

  1. "The Past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." Referring to L. ...

    him a way of being honest, not overestimating the value of things. Nonetheless, in the final poem of The Whitsun Weddings, An Arundel Tomb, Larkin hints at his belief in love. Despite not having a successful love life himself he still implies that he has faith in its existence, the ultimate word of the anthology being the abstract noun, "love".

  2. Discuss the effectiveness and significance of Larkin's evocation of place in his poetry with ...

    'Home is so sad' also represents home as our central comfort as it is suited to our personal preference, "Shaped to the comfort of the last to go as if to win them back". "To win them back" is significant as it demonstrates how the comfort of your home as

  1. Do you find Larkins verse critical of ordinary people or does he champion their ...

    There is a sombre idea that all the work dodgers are somehow close to death. The speaker, portraying Larkin's own views, is very harsh and judgmental saying they are all "stupid and weak" and has a mocking tone when condemning them: "think of being them!"

  2. Free essay

    Theme of religion in Philip Larkin's Church Going

    Larkin illustrates the idea in "Church Going" that religion will survive even after churches fade. This is shown in stanza 6 when the uses of a church are listed: "marriage, and birth, and death". The effect of placing these as a list place them firmly in the poem, reflecting how constant these are in our lives.

  1. How typical is the style and content of The Old Fools in Larkin's High ...

    Sunlight, in High Windows, usually symbolizes serenity and tranquillity. In the third stanze of The Old Fools, it illuminates the 'rooms' inside the heads of the aged, making the image seem less miserable: "...the sun's / Faint friendliness on the wall some lonely / Midsummer evening..."

  2. Philip Larkin's Church Going.

    The words "here endeth" serve to show the church's redundancy, while also showing ironically suggesting that his church going is not ending, and thus the echoing sniggers are coming from an imaginary audience. As soon as he realizes that he is becoming involved in the religious aspect of the church,

  1. Using 3 poems, explore Larkin's contemplations on time

    Some say that this tender approach towards the widow is unlike Larkin since he does not make an effort to mock or ridicule the woman, it could be said that this distances Larkin from his own poetry and allows the reader to sympathize with her as she acknowledges the passing of time.

  2. Behind many of Larkins poems lies a raft of political assumptions, assess the extent ...

    The reality is that love is being reduced, turned into something ?synthetic, new? ?And nature less in ecstasies? ? a cold ending which suggests that this is the only option for these working class women they exist in a society dominated by class this is a prime example of false

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work