The creation and implementation of characters in the poetry of Larkin and Abse

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How do Larkin and Abse create and implement
characters?
Larkin
Characters can be seen as
personas of himself he once
said "don't confuse me
with the poems i am
bigger than they are."
characters are allegories for
themes
universal characters for
readers to identify with
sometimes they have names
sometimes they don't
Abse
Opposite to larkin,
characters are real people.
family members, actual
events e.g. cousin Sydney
uses "Dylan Thomas"
Characters can reach some
kind of fulfilment unlike
Larkins characters
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Poems:
selfs the man, Mr Bleany, love songs in age, In Llandough hospital, Musical
moments
"out pleasing his own ends" Arnold is a multifaceted character capable of both devotion
to his wife and sexism
"unfailing sense of being young" something everyone can relate to
mr bleany objects create character : "fags" "saucer"
"go now my son" my father said" use of words father and son are projections of
characters but the place personalises it
"sorry Miss Crouch" the poem has a purpose for the characters…read more

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