Deep Sea Diver Poem Analysis

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In “Deep Sea Diver”, Jennings considers the existential problem of making a choice. The metaphor she uses are those of the sea which releases the deep sea diver from responsibility for action, and the island, “The freedom of the air”, where the diver has to accept responsibility for his actions when he makes choices. The diver therefore, feels “strange above water” because in kind sea he is free while, “Islands begin/Insisting upon choice and he is full/of loss, uneasy wondering what to love” (20) The islands demand too much and it is “a dive more deep” The wares were indifferent but “the mainland asks/ A chosen attitude” (20) The diver is thus like every one of us, wanting to escape from responsibility into a world of escape. Time and Philosophy: There are several Movement poems on philosophical or metaphysical themes. Larkin’s “No Road” is quiet in tone but it is deceptive. The use of nature in the poem links the experience of the lovers with the universal passing of life. The metaphor of the road suggests the firmness and breadth of intimacy of the lovers but this is man-made. The destructive aspect of nature reminds us that man-made things are ephemeral. It links together the past, the present and future in an effective way that the result is not simply a presentation of minor experience but has a…show more content…
Amis’s “Departure” can be read in conjunction to “No Road”. Both are love poems and are akin to Larkin’s poem. Davie’s “Time Passing, Beloved”, is concerned with the universal problem of the passing of time. Due to separation the beloved’s face becomes unclear. This is accepted by the speaker as he realizes that it is not peculiar to him. This acceptance is similar to Larkin: “Nor should I now swell to halloo the names/Of feelings that no one needs to remember,/ Nor caper with my spray of witted avowals/ To clutter up your path I should wish
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