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What points about the quality of life are made in 'Days' by Philip Larkin and 'What Is Our Life' by Walter Raleigh? In what ways are they similar?

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WHAT POINTS ABOUT THE QUALITY OF LIFE ARE MADE IN 'DAYS' BY PHILIP LARKIN AND 'WHAT IS OUR LIFE' BY WALTER RALEIGH? IN WHAT WAYS ARE THEY SIMILAR? 'Days' by Philip Larkin and 'What is our Life' by Sir Walter Raleigh are two similar poems separated by many years. 'Days' is a modern-day poem by Philip Larkin. It is short and simple. It talks about the quality and duration of life. It begins by asking the question of 'what are days for?' The reply to this suggests that days represent place as well as time: 'Days are where we live' Days are repetitive, and seemingly endless. 'Time and time over' The poet then answers his question at the start. ...read more.

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It is a comedy. However, death is serious. We have a specific part to play. It is not all random. Everything is planned and written down. It commences by asking the question of what is life. It says that life is a passage of events and emotions: 'A play of passion' Our entertainment is problems and decisions that are presented to us: 'And what our mirth but music of division?' Our mother's womb is the place where we prepare for the journey ahead. 'Short comedy' is used to show that our life is happy but in the end it is too short and worthless: 'Our mothers' wombs the tiring houses be Where we prepare for this short comedy' Heaven is always watching us and judging us on what we do: 'Heaven the judicious sharp spectator is Who sits and ...read more.

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They both begin by asking a question 'what is life?'. They both end by a representation of the end of life. Even though the structure of both poems is different, they are both ten lines long. They both say that life is a time and a place. To show that life is a time Larkin says days 'wake us time and time over', and Raleigh says that life is a 'short comedy'. The stage and 'tiring houses' all imply that life is also a place. They both suggest that we can ask the question of what is life but it cannot be answered yet. To conclude, both poems have many similarities even though they are separated by many years. This shows that that no matter how far we might have gone in other aspects of life, we still cannot clearly and definitely answer the question of 'what is life?'. It is an eternal question. ...read more.

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