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"Afternoons" by Philip Larkin analysis.

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  • Essay length: 1055 words
  • Submitted: 18/08/2012
  • Awarding body: AQA (for GCSEs)
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GCSE Philip Larkin

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Discuss how the narrator approaches the themes of ageing and relationships

This is a melancholy poem, which reflects on the subject of marriage. The poem deal with Larkinâs view on young mothers watching their children playing in a playground and he concludes that marrying young leads to the mothers losing their identity.

Larkinâs description of young mothers taking their children to a playground seems like normal but the narratorâs point of view on life is expressed. What seems like an ordinary, everyday occurrence highlights the theme of change and how it cannot be avoided and the passing of time. Larkinâs choice of words, symbolism and imagery clearly portrays this passage of time and the routines of these mothersâ lives.

The first line sets the scene at the beginning of autumn, âsummer is fading.â Seasons are used to symbolise certain stages in life. In autumn, most life starts to fade away in front of our eyes. This illustrates how these mothers lives are deteriorating, and how their family have become the only thing they live for. âFadingâ further emphasises how their lives are vanishing. This links to the title of the poem and the use of

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