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  • Larkin & Duffy: Links and Analysis
    • Hope
      • An Arundel Tomb
      • Prayer
        • Ultimate lack thereof
          • Mr Bleaney
      • Mr Bleaney
      • Close
        • Love
          • An Arundel Tomb
    • Childhood
      • A Study of Reading Habits
      • Stafford Afternoons
        • Awareness of darker "adult" events of life; innocence of childhood lost
          • Take One Home for the Kiddies
            • 50s advert jingl; ANIMAL CRUELTY
      • Captain
        • Change from childhood to adulthood
          • A Study of Reading Habits
        • Browning = dramatic monologue
        • Patriarchy
          • "d d d" = master; notable man
          • Churchill &  (Lord) Nelson = mil. & pol. power
        • Grammar schools ; Convent schools
        • Empire
          • Maps = colonial territories = pink
        • "How can we know the dancer from the dance?" = final line of Yeats poem - 'Among School Children' - h frailty & inevitability of death
      • Take One Home for the Kiddies
        • 50s advert jingl; ANIMAL CRUELTY
    • Identity
      • Persona
        • Captain
        • A Study of Reading Habits
          • Arrogance
            • Captain
        • Self's the Man
          • Gender
            • Havisham
        • Havisham
      • A Study of Reading Habits
      • An Arundel Tomb
      • Captain
        • Change from childhod to adulthood
          • A Study of Reading Habits
      • Havisham
        • Loss
          • An Arundel Tomb
    • Death
      • Decay
        • Disgrace
          • Relationships
            • An Arundel Tomb
        • Home is so Sad
        • Never Go Back
          • of place of sentimental value
            • Home is so Sad
        • An Arundel Tomb
      • Ambulances
        • Inevitabiliyt; Fate
          • Suicide
      • Suicide
      • AAT
        • Antiquity; figurative death of Identity
          • Havisham
      • Havisham
    • Betrayal
      • Home is so Sad
        • Loved ones & Idealism
          • Adultery
      • Havisham
        • Too far to go back
          • Self's the Man
      • Adultery
      • Self's the Man
    • Loneliness
      • Mr Bleaney
        • Loss
          • Pluto
      • Love Songs in Age
      • Havisham
        • Isolation from society
          • Love Songs in Age
      • Pluto
    • Decay
      • Disgrace
        • Relationships
        • Never Go Back
          • of place of sentimental value
        • Disappointment
          • "overwhelmingly pessimistic"
          • Mr Bleaney
          • Home is so Sad
            • Place of sentimental value
              • Never Go Back
          • Captain
            • in present life
              • Mr Bleaney
          • Never Go Back
        • Loss
          • Havisham
            • Genuinity of love
              • The Whitsun Weddings
          • An Arundel Tomb
            • Time, identity, legacy
              • Pluto
          • The Whitsun Weddings
          • Pluto
        • Memory
          • Moments of Grace
            • Effect of past on present
              • Dockery & Son
                • 1962
          • An Arundel Tomb
          • Dockery & Son
            • 1962
          • Pluto
            • Loss
              • An Arundel Tomb
        • Mentality
          • Perception
            • Romance
              • Valentine
                • The Whitsun Weddings
                • Consumerism
                  • The Whitsun Weddings
              • Talking in Bed
                • Loneliness
                  • Havisham
          • The Whitsun Weddings
          • Suicide
            • Loneliness
              • Mr Bleaney
          • Mr Bleaney
        • Pain
          • Never Go Back
          • Mr Bleaney
          • Home is so Sad
            • Decay of place of sentimentl value
              • Never Go Back
          • Havisham
            • Caused by others / self
              • Mr Bleaney
        • Past
          • Time
            • Havisham
              • Loss of ID
                • An Arundel Tomb
            • Dockery & Son
            • An Arundel Tomb
            • Mean Time
              • Change
                • Dockery & Son
              • Greenwich
              • Idiom = between signif events
              • "Mean" = destructive; average (univ)
          • Transition
            • Never Go Back
              • Urbanisation
              • T S Eliot (The Love Song of J Alfred Prufrock) = journey as metaphor for exploration of consciousness
            • A Study of Reading Habits
            • Home is so Sad
            • Havisham
          • Pluto
            • Past-present difference
              • Dockery & Son
          • Dockery & Son
          • An Arundel Tomb
            • Loss; decay
              • Havisham
          • Havisham
        • Society
          • Consumerism
            • Sunny Prestatyn
              • Femininity, materialism
                • Litany
                  • prayer led by leader, diff answers (simultaneous) from congregation       / lengthy repetitive chant
            • Litany
              • prayer led by leader, diff answers (simultaneous) from congregation       / lengthy repetitive chant
            • Valentine
            • The Large Cool Store
          • Place
            • Never Go Back
              • Decay of past
                • Home is so Sad
            • The Importance of Elsewhere
            • Home is so Sad
            • Stafford Afternoons
              • Isolation v Belonging
                • The Importance of Elsewhere
          • Religion
            • Prayer
              • Subversion
                • Water
            • Faith Healing
            • Water
            • Confession
              • Subversion
                • Faith Healing
          • Gender
            • Havisham
              • Social expectation
                • "Spinster"
                • "stink and remember"
                  • deviant collocation
                • "Havisham"
                  • twist on Dickens (1861)
                    • Persona
                    • "the bride within the bridal dress had withered"
                      • "shrunk to skin and bone"
              • Violent
              • Entrapped in loss; rep's male domination
            • Self's the Man
              • Antagonisation of Arnold's wife
                • "the money he gets [...] She takes as her perk"
                  • Manipulation
                • "It's Put a screw in this wall"
                  • Antagonisation due to the wife's behaviour that's in opposition to expected subservient housewife
                • "He married a woman to stop her getting away / Now she's there all day"
                  • Context: private sphere
            • Sunny Prestatyn
            • Captain
              • Objectification of Women
                • Sunny Prestatyn
                • Sexual
                  • "tautened white satin"
                    • "Hotel with palms / Seemed to expand from her thighs"
                      • Sexual objectification of women = £    SEX SELLS
                      • "slapped up"
                        • "snaggle-toothed"
                          • "Huge **** and a fissured crotch"
                            • "A tuberous **** and balls"
                              • "She was too good for this life"
                                • Idealisation of female sexuality - virgin/whore dichotomy
                              • Patriarchal dominance
                            • Patriarchal dominance
                          • Disrepect
                        • Violence
                  • "like Mick, my lips numb as a two-hour snog"
                    • Ironic
                      • Persona's arrogance
                        • "I want it back. The captain. The one with all the answers"
                          • "Rhodesia. My country."
                        • "Stale wife"
                          • "thick kids"
                    • Zeitgeist
                      • Jagger = rebel; heartthrob
                        • "My name in red..."
                • Societal Dominance
                  • Stereotyping
                    • Sexual
                      • "tautened white satin"
                        • "Hotel with palms / Seemed to expand from her thighs"
                          • Sexual objectification of women = £    SEX SELLS
                          • "slapped up"
                            • "snaggle-toothed"
                              • "Huge **** and a fissured crotch"
                                • "A tuberous **** and balls"
                                  • "She was too good for this life"
                                    • Idealisation of female sexuality - virgin/whore dichotomy
                              • Disrepect
                            • Violence
                      • "like Mick, my lips numb as a two-hour snog"
                        • Ironic
                          • Persona's arrogance
                            • "I want it back. The captain. The one with all the answers"
                              • "Rhodesia. My country."
                            • "Stale wife"
                              • "thick kids"
                        • Zeitgeist
                          • Jagger = rebel; heartthrob
                            • "My name in red..."
                    • "convent girls"
                      • Virgin/Whore dichotomy
                    • "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
                      • Baby Love
                        • Oh Pretty Woman
                      • Oh Pretty Woman
                      • All songs about women
                        • Zeitgeist
                    • "over pink pavements / that girls chalked on"
                      • Colour imagery
                  • Intolerance
                    • Stereotyping
                      • "convent girls"
                        • Virgin/Whore dichotomy
                      • "Do Wah Diddy Diddy"
                        • Baby Love
                          • All songs about women
                            • Zeitgeist
                        • "over pink pavements / that girls chalked on"
                          • Colour imagery
                      • "Dyke Hill"
                        • Context: Illegal
                • Focuses on patriarchal dominance
                  • Persona's intellectual superiority reflects his superiority as a male; arrogant as intellectual & male
                  • Androcentric; Embodiments of Masculinity
                    • Societal Dominance
                      • Intolerance
                        • "Dyke Hill"
                          • Context: Illegal
                    • "the white sleeve / of my shirt saluted"
                      • "Sir! ... Correct"
                        • "Churchill Way"; "Nelson Drive"
          • Love
            • An Arundel Tomb
            • Havisham
              • Loss
                • An Arundel Tomb
            • Valentine
              • Commercialism
                • The Whitsun Weddings
            • The Whitsun Weddings
          • Context
            • Duffy
              • Born 1955
              • Poet Laureate = 2009 (Scottish gay female)
              • Roman Catholic -> atheist
              • Moved to Stafford when 6
                • "all childhood is an emigration"
              • Other collections: Standing Female Nude (85); The World's Wife
              • Mean Time pulished 1993
              • Degree = Philosophy
              • Lesbian
              • iNFLUENCES
                • Literary
                  • Modernism (not associated but themes and techniques)
                  • the Beat poets
                  • Untitled
                • Philosophy
                  • Wittgenstein (philosophy of language)
                • Social
                  • Feminism
                    • Greer
                    • Adrienne Rich
                    • 60s = second wave
                  • LGBT rights
                    • Lesbian
                  • 'Swinging Sixties' = sexual liberality
            • Larkin
              • Personal
                • Hull
                  • Bleaney - few poss's
                • Fears death
                  • Atheist
                • Bachelor
              • Literary
                • Same time; disassociated with 'The Movement'
              • Socio-Historical
                • Consumerism
                  • Urbanisation
                    • House destroyed by new road built
                  • Media manipulation
                    • Sexualisation of females
                      • sexual liberation
                        • 'Free Love' movement
                • sexual liberation
                  • 'Free Love' movement
                • Social expectations
                  • Comics establish masculinity, British & Xian values
          • Critics
            • Larkin
              • Orwin
                • things themselves are capable of storing memories to confront us with when we least expect it
                • "in typical Larkin style he shows us the joy of life, love and happiness by making us recognise that we missed out
              • "love seemed derisory in the face of death" - Amis
                • "everything else coloured by death"
                  • "don't you think it's absolutely shameful that men have to pay for women without being allowed to shag the women afterwards as a matter of course?"
              • "sought to juxtapose sympathy and self-islating acerbity in all he wrote" - Burt
              • Through the Lens of Larkin (BBC)
                • "post-war austerity"
                • "curious, despondent beauty"
              • "life is first boredom then fear
              • Marsh - "lifeless and fixed"
              • Andrew Motion
                • "obsessed with the destructive passage of time"
                • "visionary gleam"
              • Dubrow - "ask the reader to stand inside the poem and survey its contents"
              • Wilson - "a very sick man"
              • Eagleton - "****** up his readers by seducing them into his own dingy world of boredom, self-pity and disgust"
                • Prof Lucas - "solipsistic enclosedness"
                • Dr Bhabha - "ennobled by his own pessimism"
                • E - "death-obsessed, emotionally-retarded misanthropist"
            • Duffy
              • Cash
                • Duffy demonstrates how the movement of time is responsible for radical change - Cash
                • "change in her suburban world is never for the better, it inevitably involves loss" - Cash
                • "tender treatment of the theme of loss"
                • "human life promises little and delivers less"
              • Bleiman
                • "Duffyesque"
                  • Raban - "Larkinesque"
                • "a strongly subversive streak"
                  • "unashamedly political"
                • "a deilberate and sustained re-writing of cultural history
                • "the personal and the political are deeply intertwined"
              • Brittan = "overstated"
              • "I don't think poetry needs to be outside to be written, poetry can be written from the inside"
              • The Scotsman: "magnificent, grounded, heartfelt, dedicated to the notion that poetry can give us the music of life itself"
              • Larkin
                • Orwin
                  • things themselves are capable of storing memories to confront us with when we least expect it
                  • "in typical Larkin style he shows us the joy of life, love and happiness by making us recognise that we missed out
                • "love seemed derisory in the face of death" - Amis
                  • "everything else coloured by death"
                    • "don't you think it's absolutely shameful that men have to pay for women without being allowed to shag the women afterwards as a matter of course?"
                • "sought to juxtapose sympathy and self-islating acerbity in all he wrote" - Burt
                • Through the Lens of Larkin (BBC)
                  • "post-war austerity"
                  • "curious, despondent beauty"
                • "life is first boredom then fear
                • Marsh - "lifeless and fixed"
                • Andrew Motion
                  • "obsessed with the destructive passage of time"
                  • "visionary gleam"
                • Dubrow - "ask the reader to stand inside the poem and survey its contents"
                • Wilson - "a very sick man"
                • Eagleton - "****** up his readers by seducing them into his own dingy world of boredom, self-pity and disgust"
                  • Prof Lucas - "solipsistic enclosedness"
                  • Dr Bhabha - "ennobled by his own pessimism"
                  • E - "death-obsessed, emotionally-retarded misanthropist"
              • Boland - "explores edges of comedy which position her in an almost bardic way, ready to recover and articulate lost details of the tribe"
              • "memories return to linger over moments of transient happiness and connection [...] human experience is measured against the inevitability o mortality and time's monumental capacity for indifference to human need" - Lewison
              • O'Riodan
        • Golding
          • wide-ranging indictment of society's norms"
            • "infintely preferable, in his view, for everyone to resign themselves to their identical destinies and accept the implacable emptiness of their lives
              • "love is the greatest illusion of them all"

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