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Look again at "Mr Bleany" and "Self's the Man". Explore how Larkin presents men and their experiences of others in these two poems.

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Introduction

Look again at "Mr Bleany" and "Self's the Man". Explore how Larkin presents men and their experiences of others in these two poems. In this essay I intend to discuss how Larkin presents men and their experiences of others in "Mr Bleany" and "Self's the Man". In both poems Larkin presents men as down trodden, nagged and controlled by women although it is in a different way. The women have different relationships with the men and they play different roles in each of their lives. In "Mr Bleany" the woman is the narrators landlord and we see her trying to manipulate him as soon as the second stanza even though she has just met him, " Mr Bleany took my bit of garden properly in hand". We see this again in the forth stanza, "I know his habits- what time he came down, his preference for sauce to gravy". She is trying to turn him into her last tenant Mr Bleany by dropping these hints trying to get him to do what she wants. ...read more.

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Arnold and the tenant are both trapped in their lives. Arnold is trapped in his loveless marriage reduced to mundane tasks and the tenant is now trapped in Mr Bleany's life having to live exactly as he did. It is not just the men who are portrayed like this all the people mentioned in his poems all seem to be lonely and isolated. The landlord is obviously quite a lonely person and a person who perhaps has a mundane existence. She tries to manipulate the tenant to have the same routines and jobs to do as Mr Bleany had. She talks of him straight away and the narrator knows a lot of him when they have only just met. The first thing she says is, " This was Mr Bleany's room" it seems she is obsessed with Mr Bleany which suggests she is quite a lonely woman who only seemed to have Mr Bleany in her life because she never mentions anyone else. She is quick to try and get back what she has lost with Mr Bleany by trying to get the same routine with her new tenant. ...read more.

Conclusion

Larkin also uses imagery to tell us more about the individual's lives. The title "Mr Bleany" itself suggests bleakness also "he was at the bodies, til they moved him" and the image of the "box" I the last stanza suggests death and almost a funeral. The words create an image of death, which suggests sadness and loneliness. The landlord has lost Mr Bleany. The description of Mr Bleany's room is used as imagery to tell us more about My Bleany's life. The bareness reflects the bareness of his life and now the life of the narrator. The words used such as, "frigid wind" and "fusty bed" gives us an image of a cold and hostile place, and this is where he has to live and is "telling himself that this was home". In this essay I have discussed how Larkin has portrayed men and their experiences of others in "Mr Bleany" and "Self's the man". In conclusion I have found that Larkin portrays people in the two poems as unhappy, lonely, isolated with unsatisfactory relationships. All the individuals in the poems seem to be leading a mundane existence, with the same routines day after day, going about their lives without any real happiness. DAWN LAWSON - ESSAY 1 ...read more.

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