Literary Analysis Of Philip Larkin's Aubade

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Analysis of Larkin’s Aubade
Philip Larkin is the poet of the Movement rejecting the modernist norms and differing from his counterparts. Thus, he can be regarded as an anti-modernist poet because he uses colloquial language -even slang- and avoids using many allusions and mythical references unlike T.S Eliot and Ezra Pound. It can be the reason why his poetry can be understood and enjoyed by the readers. The period of Philip Larkin was the period of chaos and displacement because of many anxieties such as loss of faith in religion and world wars that created political, economic and social problems. Due to those anxieties, people’s state of mind and the view of life have changed. During Larkin’s experiences in the fields of poetry, his miserable
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The speaker seems desperate and lonely because he “works and gets half-drunk”. (1) One can get the idea that the speaker is getting drunk to break away the reality of his life. When we think about the chaos in Larkin’s period, it is likely to believe this speaker is the inner voice of Larkin’s mind. Then, with the words “night, soundless dark” (1-2) the setting is described which gloomy and isolated. He is in such a darkness that there is no voice around him. “Curtains” veil the truth of death but as the sun goes up the light will the reminder of upcoming death. The most important lines are 5-7 because the speaker reveals his fear of death coming closer to him and every sunrise recalls the death rather than hope to the speaker. The sentence is broken in the 7th line: “I shall myself die”. This sentence can be the representation of the broken hopes of the speaker. In the first stanza, one can perceive that drunkenness retains the speaker to struggle with his loneliness and the fear of the death. Lastly, the use of the “s words” (soundless dark, I stare, see what’s really always, unresting death) does not create an alliteration. However, one can get the impression of solidarity which is going to be the theme of the poem.
In the second stanza, one can clearly perceive that the point of “Aubade” is not about a love song. Death is one of the themes of the poem instead of love. After the dawn, the speaker is contemplating that nothing
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