Philip Larkin Essays
Presence of Failure and Disappointment in The Whitsun Weddings
The Whitsun Weddings
‘A record of failure and disappointment’ is a reductive assessment of a poignant collection of poetry that explores the nature of existence and the conflicts, contrasts and contradictions of life. Larkin presents experience in a mixture of...
Analysis of ‘Dockery and Son’
Philip Larkin: Poems
‘Dockery and Son’ is a reflective, pensive and uncertain poem in which Larkin produces a sense of life drifting away and considers “how much had gone of life, / How widely from the others.” Although it cannot be assumed that the narrator is...