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Comparison Between Wild Oats and Broadcast

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Comparison Between Wild Oats and Broadcast Introduction Philip Larkin has once again created two magnificent poem and they are both three verses, as are many of his other pieces, such as: 'The Trees' and 'Cut Grass' ' Broadcast' and 'Wild firm and stable relationship with any women. The main theme of both these two poems is love but neither of the titles indicates anything about affection or passion. 'Broadcast' is more virtual reality than reality because Larkin is imagining a beautiful woman standing amongst a crowd in a concert, from the music, which is vibrantly coming out of his radio. This shows that the poem is written over a short time period: about three to four minutes, which is the average length of a piece of classical music. Whereas, 'Wild Oats' was over a long period of time: about seven to eight years, involving two girls and how Larkin was not able to keep a close and solid relationship with neither of them Both these poems were written in the late nineteen sixties, early nineteen seventies due to the evidence, which is shown in both of them. In 'Broadcast' it shows that before the concert: the national anthem of England was played. This was only done in that time period. Also in 'Wild Oats' it is written that they were still using Guineas as their currency, which proves that 'Wild Oats' was also written in that time period. ...read more.

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This poem was about the life cycle of the leaves, which grow in the spring and fall off in the autumn. The next line talks about the 'glowing' light on the radio. Then the topic suddenly changes and goes back to the concert. The music becomes frantic and the volume increases, which usually indicates the climax of the performance. The poem finished off with 'their cut-off shout', which means that he suddenly realised the concert had finished with the orchestra ending on a strong role. 'Wild Oats' The two titles: 'Broadcast' and 'Wild Oats' have an interesting similarity. If you sow wild oats, it means that you are making trouble for yourself in a sexual manner and another word for sowing is broadcast. Larkin cleverly disguised this relationship between these two poems. In the first three lines of the first verse Larkin is talking about two girls, which he met about twenty years before he wrote this poem. One of the girls was very attractive because he related to her as a 'rose', which is a sign of beauty. This attractive girl had a voluptuous figure in the eyes of Larkin. "A bosomy English rose." This line can be related back to lines three and four of 'Broadcast', where the national anthem of England was played before the performance because the national anthem and the red rose are both symbols of England. ...read more.

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The last line shows how unlucky Larkin was because neither of the relationships were successful. "Unlucky charms, perhaps." Summary Reality and virtual reality seem to be two totally different things but they can be brought together with great similarity, as Larkin has done with these two poems. Both these poems were written in the late nineteen sixties, early nineteen seventies due to the evidence, which is shown in both of them. In 'Broadcast' it shows that before the concert: the national anthem of England was played. This was only done in that time period. Also Larkin said that the girl's shoes were old fashioned. In 'Wild Oats' it is written that they were still using Guineas as their currency, which proves that 'Wild Oats' was also written in that time period. There could be a very strong link between these two poems because the girl in 'Broadcast' and the less attractive girl in 'Wild Oats' could actually be the same person because they are both religious and not very attractive. I personally preferred 'Wild Oats' because it lasted for a longer amount of time, whereas 'Broadcast' lasted only for a few minutes. Another reason why I preferred 'Wild Oats' was that there was a greater amount of action in the poem because it was not all based in one place. ?? ?? ?? ?? Done By: Ali Rezaei Date: 14.05.2001 1/3 ...read more.

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