How do larkin and abse present the meaning of life

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LT1 June 2010
3. What connections have you found between the ways in which Larkin and Abse write about the
meaning and purpose of life? In your response, you must include detailed critical discussion of
Larkin's `Ambulances' and at least one other of Larkin's poems.
How do Larkin and abse present the meaning of life in general?
Larkin: Abse:
Life is meaningless without death explores the meaning of life through
The anthology contrasts ordinary relationships with others
events with nationwide occurrences Metaphysical critique on the meaning of
such as a sporting event with war , life.
does this imply equal significance? uses his experiences as a doctor
Characters are often isolated and it
is this isolation that causes them to
seek out meaning in life.
rejects the idea of family and
death is inevitable
universal characters with ordinary
often bleak lives
Links between the two poets:
Both Larkin and Abse use memories and the passing of time to ponder the subject.
Abse has a more optimistic view and therefore his characters are more optimistic
both secular
use of silence as if their question is unanswered by a greater force
Ambulances, Dockery and son, send no money
In Llandough hospital

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