Philip Larkin () was undoubtedly one of the greatest English poets of the late 20th century. He is generally regarded as a pessimist. If A.N. Wilson had to name one poem of unquestionable greatness, it would be Philip Larkin’s “Aubade”. Aubade. Philip Larkin. I work all day, and get half drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare. In time the curtain edges will grow light. Till then I see.

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The point was made earlier that a medieval aubade was often a song sung as lovers departed at dawn. By now, we have answered the three questions about the poem introduced in the beginning of this essay.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Amber marked it as to-read Sep 05, Like his predecessor and greatest influence, Hardy, his negativism and pessimistic views of larikn and the world prevail as the stylistic tones of the majority of his poetry Contemporary Authors Online.

It means not scaring others. How many times do we stop ourselves from doing something that may be considered dangerous, no matter how much we want to do it?

Philip Larkin’s almost perfect poem

Gertrud Puntigam is currently reading it Nov 29, One side will have to go. Amanda rated it really liked it Feb 17, Larkin is commonly regarded as one of the greatest English poets of the latter half of the ahbade century.

He never married, but took part in several casual, and often times sexual, relationships with women, and was an athiest. As aubbade sun rises, he says goodbye to his most honest form of consciousness and greets the dawn with disengaged condescension.


There is something consolatory about it, for all its bleakness. It is a poem that begs to be memorized.

But if anyone wanted to know what was the creed, what was the central fear, and what was the bedroom and the suburban drive like for Mr Average in our times, then you would only have to read him “Aubade”. Moments of existential awareness and questions of the Self are common themes within his works: On one level it is an intensely individual poem, written by a selfish alcoholic bachelor “I work all day and get half drunk at night” – hence the early waking.

Meanwhile telephones crouch, getting ready to ring In locked-up offices, and all the uncaring Intricate rented world begins to rouse. The narrator in acknowledging his powerlessness and lack of control also acknowledges the loss of his free-will. The only purpose behind a stoical attitude is to make other people feel better and cannot affect oneself, so there is no point in making the effort. Courage is no good: Auden Poems Everyone Should Read.

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Most of the time, awareness of our own deaths — and of their inevitability — hovers just on the edge of vision, in the corner of our minds, as it were. In just 50 lines of verse, he makes bleak and profound observations on human nature and the question of free-will.

In this reformulated context several notable aubades were published in the 20th century, such as “Aubade” by Philip Larkin. Ana Vucic rated it really liked it Apr 23, But the rest of the verse, in which he itemises just what it is that we dread about extinction, for me – at lwrkin rate – spoils it.


Great poetry explained: Aubade, by Philip Larkin

By looking at background information on the poet himself and performing an extensive close-reading and analysis of the words, themes, and structures within Aubadewe can begin to answer these questions, and read the poem with more understanding of the deeper meaning embedded in the brief aubbade Larkin provides aubbade with. Poets also can take their own personal thoughts, experiences, and questions and write them in such a way as to make them comprehensible and relevant to millions of others. Karl Gemayel marked it as to-read Nov 13, Inthe French composer Emmanuel Chabrier composed an “Aubade” for piano solo, inspired by a four-month visit to Spain.

An ,arkin is traditionally a song or poem that greets the dawn, and usually has a love theme involving lovers parting as dawn breaks. My taste for the “vatic”, the “mythological”, has demoted Larkin in my mind to the status of superb minor chamber music.

Because postmen are known for their unrelenting reliability and their regular schedules, Larkin sees them as healers; saving the masses from the fear of death by providing them with routine distractions. While this life philosophy may seem to work for the narrator, there is one glaring flaw in its logic.

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