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Larkin returned again and again to a study of the loner, the man outside society. Referring to three poems you have studied explore this theme

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Larkin returned again and again to a study of the loner, the man outside society. Referring to three poems you have studied explore this theme Philip Larkin studies, in detail, the life of the loner in three of his poems Mr Bleaney, Self's the Man and Dockery and Son. The three poems are amazingly different when one considers that they are essentially around the same topic. A question that can be asked is why did Larkin produce so many pieces of work on loners. Could it be that he was portraying himself in his work, or was it that he was simply trying to express himself through his work. Whatever the reason is, it is plain to see that Larkin saw the topic of loners as one in which he could write comprehensive pieces of poetry. Mr Bleaney, Self's the Man and Dockery and Son are all set in very different situations and this may reflect different parts of the poet's life. ...read more.


In the last section of the poem Larkin shows his cynical side again when he says that maybe Mr Bleaney deserved no better, maybe Mr Bleaney had gone in search of a better life. Self's the Man is a stark contrast to Mr Bleaney when the content of the poem is examined however the way in which it is told is quite similar. The poem is written in the first person, like in Mr Bleaney and possibly from Larkins point of view again. The poem tells the story of a telling the life of a man whose initial moment of stupidity brought him a life of misery and boredom. The poem tells the story of a man whose life was taken over by the women whose life he took over in the first place. There is a change from Larkins usual style, where he normally doesn't show too much cynicism until towards the end of the poem, because he becomes cynical in the second stanza, "And the money he gets for wasting his life on work". ...read more.


When the speaker goes to a funeral only the Dean speaks him to. We discover what the speaker thinks of his existence "Life is first boredom, then fear", the fear he is describing is going through life without having anything to show for it, "no son, no wife, no house or land". This is Larkin talking more than anything, he is questioning my people work so hard to eventually end up with nothing. The poem has a rhyming pattern which doesn't speed up the tempo of the poem because it is very subtle when first read over. The loner in this poem is someone that has gone through live with a very passive attitude and has nothing to show for it at the end over than the fact that he has become a social outcast. Larkin covers the theme of loners with great attention to detail, in three poems he touches on three very different kinds of loner. In each of the three poems his cynicism is visible at different points. The language and tempo in each of the three poems often contrast with the content for example in Mr Bleaney. ?? ?? ?? ?? Alan Bottomley 1 ...read more.

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