An Eco Critical Reading Of Philip Larkin Beauchamp College Essay

2057 words - 9 pages

‘Larkin is “less interested in nature for its own sake, than for the opportunities it provides to moralise about the human condition”. To what extent do you agree?’
Larkin’s poetry is renowned for his grave conclusions about the insignificance of humankind in relation to nature, which continues to exist, both despite humanity’s futile efforts to domesticate it, and also long after humans leave the environment upon which they try so hard to make an impact on. His poetry appears to label nature as superior to humanity, unaffected by humanity’s problems and able to reveal the many flaws Larkin sees in society. However, this use of nature to ‘moralise about the human conditions’, as put by Andrew Motion could suggest the Larkin does not regard nature with the same admiration found in his poetry. It is simply an instrument used to reveal the flaws in human society, according to Leo Cox, who suggests 'Larkin uses nature as a medium for discussing his preoccupation with how transient and pointless everything in the world is,' and by using it in this way, it can be argued that Larkin’s poetry is ‘less interested in nature for its own sake’ (Andrew Motion), and more anthropocentric, as humanity remains the centre of his poetry’s message.
In Larkin’s collection, ‘The Whitsun Weddings’, the first poem, ‘Here’, reveals Larkin’s view on the futility of humankind’s attempts to make their mark on nature, and domesticate it in order to allow society to grow into nature’s domain. This failure is explored by highlighting the failure of humanity to expand past the ‘large town’ it has been confined to, and by demonstrating nature’s ability to grow despite human hindrance. The poem is structured in order to make society a fleeting scene in the train journey that Larkin is experiencing. Their status as a ‘surprise’ amongst the ‘skies and scarecrows, haystacks, hares and pheasants’ suggests the limited area that humans have managed to conquer, whilst nature surrounds it, seemingly unaffected by humanity’s attempts to grow into it. The train is described as ‘swerving through fields’, connoting the instability of humanity, with the ‘swerving’ motion created by nature, which has forced humanity to build around it, rather than submissively allowing humankind to build over it. There is a strong focus on the inability of humans to grow past the ‘mortgaged half-built edges’ they have built for themselves, and how their priorities – the ‘slave museum, … consulates, grim head-scarfed wives’ – confine them to society: their lives are dictated by consumerism, politics and religion. This existence is contrasted strikingly to the ‘hidden growth’ that nature experiences, another method used by Larkin to demonstrate the futile attempts to domesticate nature. As the train moves away, Larkin describes the thriving environment, how ‘leaves unnoticed thicken, / Hidden weeds flower, neglected waters quicken’, as ‘luminously-peopled air ascends’. The motifs of growth in the absence...


Analysis Of "Mr Bleaney" By Philip Larkin

996 words - 4 pages Free Write a critical appreciation of the poem making comment on the poetic devices used to create an atmosphere of existential despair.The poem "Mr Bleaney" by Philip Larkin was written in 1955, when the Second World War was still in everybody's mind. It tells the story of a man (probably the poet himself) who rents a room and discovers by looking at the apartment the monotonous life of the person who used to live there Mr Bleaney. By the end of the

The Main Idea Of The Poem "Aubade" By Philip Larkin

461 words - 2 pages pretend we never die."(Lines 22-24). You can't trick your mind with death because it will always be there no matter what.Another great point that Larkin discusses in his poem is that no one can escape death. Even if you are this all mighty brave human, you still experience death. "Being brave/ Lets no one off the grave."(Lines 38-39). So we as humans shouldn't try to be brave in front of death because its going to get you no matter what.Even though

liberal humanism vs critical theory - college - essay

506 words - 3 pages Free reading as we know it. This theory insists that the best way to study literature was to study the text itself, disregarding anything outside of the text, including the author, historical context or any reviews of critics of the text. In summary, this meant the text should be an isolated subject. The second track of literary theory looks at the text as a key to understanding questions and ideas beyond the text. Rather then centring on the text

Critical Essay on Heart of Darkness - Patrician Brothers College Fairfield - Essay

1955 words - 8 pages exigency towards exposing European Imperialism and Colonialism. Through Marlow, the main character and most often the narrator in the text, Conrad puts forth his notions towards the avarice in the European self, and how that amongst other things has led to the ruthless Colonising of vulnerably susceptible societies. 'Heart of Darkness,' is an amalgamation of a journey towards ‘The Congo,’ (the heart of Africa) and the unveiling of the European kind

The ones who walk away from the Omelas - College of Charleston - critical essay

867 words - 4 pages Darien The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas: Critical Analysis The author begins this short story vividly comparing the city and citizens of Omelas to a “city in a fairytale”. He scripts a city full of “sunshine flickers”, “children playing”, and “citizens smiling” to emphasize the positivity and perfection of this Omelas society. In almost every fairytale there is a villian set in place for the meer purpose of allowing the citizens to understand

analysis of bullet in the brain - queens college - close reading

901 words - 4 pages Mudit Prashar English 161W Dr. Leila Walker Close Reading Due: June 11, 2018 Close Reading of “Bullet In The Brain” In “Bullet in the Brain” by Tobias Wolff, Wolff introduces the main character Anders, a rude and sarcastic book critic known for the weary, elegant savagery he dispatches on everything. Wolff also tells the readers that Anders was at a bank just before it’s closing time, when a bank robbery occurred. Although Anders doesn’t change

It is an essay analyzing two articles written about youth activism - Middle school reading assignment - Essay

606 words - 3 pages education. Whenever the names of prominent figures appear it is ethos giving the article more credibility because of the expertise of the people involved with writing the article. Such as the names of the authors give the article more authority over the situation. Pathos which showed up the least didn't really have an effect on the essay Overall the general purpose of these two articles was to spread the news of what young activists are accomplishing. It’s really amazing what such young people are accomplishing when faced with adversity. This is shown by Rodriguez and Terrazzano by their use of quoted words, extreme or absolute language and ethos, pathos and logos.

Kate's Final Speech: An Act of Theatricality and Role-Play - Toccoa Falls College/ Shakespeare - Essay

3505 words - 15 pages Cox 1 Nathan Cox Dr. Williams Shakespeare 1 May 2018 Kate’s Final Speech: An Act of Theatricality and Role-Play In discussing ​The Taming of the Shrew​, Katherine Minola’s final speech seems to be obligatory, a pivotal question that elicits a response from generations of readers. As such, the speech is widespread in its interpretations, and its explications are at variance, all of which consider its full dramatic context. In it, literary critics

Elements of an Epic in The Iliad - Nassau Community College ENG 121 - Essay

643 words - 3 pages Raychael Goldstein ESSAY 1 Professor Kinpoitner February 7, 2019 Epic Evidence There are many different ways to identify a form of writing by analyzing specific details. These details include, but are not limited to the style, subject matter, or characters. Each form of writing, such as poetry, prose, novels, and many others, contain unique components that one could use to identify the type of work being read. An epic is a form of writing that

Sociology is an exploration into the ever-changing structural development of humans - Cape Fear Community College / SOC - 213 - Essay

702 words - 3 pages Smith 2 Smith 2 Jack Smith Casey Errante SOC 213 (I03) 30 January 2019 Defining Families Sociology is an exploration into the ever-changing structural development of humans and the functions or choices they make when interacting with others in society. Families being one of the main studies associated with Sociology, they attempt to understand and bring order and balance to what seems, sometimes to be chaotic and an unsustainable network of

An Critical Analysis Of The Poetic Elements Within The Little-Studied "The Sun Rising" By John Donne

2193 words - 9 pages an artist, as only an artist has such skill and patience. Further testimony to Donne's skill as a poet is the fact that "the sound in Donne's poetry not only echoes the sense but in part communicates the emotion." The fact that people are better able to determine the meaning and emotion of spoken word as opposed to reading words from a page is widely accepted, and illustrates Donne's poetic skill, as he weaves the emotions he attempts to convey

Fear of Death reading assigntment - English 1A / Saddleback college - essay

855 words - 4 pages Free death itself. According to “fear of death” by Elisabeth Kubler- Ross, growing technology changed ideas about death. As she says “Education have effected a low morbidity and mortality among children. The many diseases that used to take an impressive toll among the young and middle-aged have been conquered. The number of old people is on the rise”. Education helped people to have longer way but death its not something to stop. One of interesting

The Importance Of The Act Of Reading” By Paulo Freire Essay

1423 words - 6 pages forced to read Jules Verne. I never used my knowledge of history to integrate creatively when reading Salinger's "Catcher in the Rye". However, Cosmopolitan magazine quite often had short articles that were relevant to me and my friend's social lives, so I chose to read that instead. If we are to change this for future generations, an understanding of what these essays both mean is necessary, and conceptual applications to the educational and social system is critical.

An explanation and examination of Critical Analyses of Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre - Concordia University Ann Arbor, English Literature II - Research Paper

2594 words - 11 pages Free each other. Works Cited Allen, Walter. The English Novel: A Short Critical History. P/B, 1954. Brantlinger, Patrick. “Introduction.” Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism, 1830- 1914, Cornell Univ. Press, 1994, pp. 14–15. Brontë Charlotte, and Richard J. Dunn. Jane Eyre: An Authoritative Text. W.W. Norton and Company, 2001. Said, Edward “Chapter Two: Consolidated Vision.” Culture and Imperialism, Knopf, 1993, pp. 62–63. Gilbert

Critical discussion of John Kay’s view of strategy - business management - essay

1604 words - 7 pages highlighted the importance of vision and plan. The essay is aimed to identify the nature of strategy through a critical discussion of John Kay’s view. Kay’s view recognizes the interaction with environment and market, but his view ignores culture and learning that can help businesses deal with turbulent environment. There are many fallacies of the view that strategy is about planning, visioning or forecasting. Kay’s view of strategy identified the