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ILLUSION VS REALITY

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Illusion and Reality Essay Examine how Larkin presents ideas about illusion and reality in his poetry. You should write about 2 or 3 poems The poems "Love Songs in Age" and "Faith Healing", Larkin presents the idea of the illusion and the reality through the format of how people strive for love (being the illusion) and what they really have (being reality). It is conveyed through his abstract concepts and his thoughts towards 'love'. A recurring motif of love is established throughout both poems. The idea that love is no more than a self-protective illusion. The way the poem germinates is also typical of Larkin. An ordinary, seemingly trivial incident is explored and in the process is revealed an inescapable truth about human experience. Perhaps less usual in Larkin's poetry is the lack of cynicism or bitterness. I think this comes from the suggestion that the widow put aside not only her 'love songs' all those years ago, but also the youthful illusions that generate the unrealistic expectations we have of love. ...read more.

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He is what is expected from the women, a normal healer. The assonance in the noun phrase is very soft and gentle and could be the faith healers warm love towards the women. The illusion in 'Love songs in Age' is the songs collection she has. The reader would assume that the woman is a widow as Larkin's states it in the first stanza. "So they had waited , till in widowhood She found them, looking for something else..." Larkin creates an impression that the songs have waited till she was a widow and taken the space of her husband. Since her husband has died and she is left with no love, the songs find her and replace that empty love gap. The idea that love is no more than a self-protective illusion. The way the poem germinates is also typical of Larkin. An ordinary, seemingly trivial incident is explored and in the process truth is revelaed about human experience. What is unusual about this is the lack of cynicism or bitterness. ...read more.

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Both of the poems have the feeling of love never experienced by the women. In both poems there a sense of soft love that is shown through the words, the assonance represents it. There's the enjambment that is recognised in both poems, the rhythm and the pace of the poem is very steady and slow which juxtaposes the slow and steady love that is being presented in the poems. The women in the poem also seem to progress towards the love they actually wanted they experience that love for the first time. The main difference in the poem is what is actually being replaced to give them that love, In Faith Healing their love is given from the Faith Healer but in Love Songs and Age the love is provided by the songs. Another difference Is when Larkin despises the women in Faith Healing when he talks about them being "Moustached", but in Love Songs and Age he doesn't write anything negative towards the women. In these poems there aren't any fricatives which separate these poems from other ones. Larkin's intention was to make this gentle and have it processed through assonance and sibilance which represents soft and romantic words. ...read more.

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