AS- English Literature- LarkinAndAbse

Structuring Essays, Quotes from Critics, Themes for the poems.

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How to Structure your Essays for English Literatur

Suggested Structure for your Larkin/Abse Essay Question:  

-Introduction: Address the question and make a link/contrast between Larkin and Abse.   -Core Poem 1: Larkin poem, summarise poem briefly, analyse techniques focusing on effect and the question!   -Link to Abse: Make strong connections/contrasts with an Abse poem, analyse briefly.   -Core Poem 2: Same as for Core Poem 1. Then, Link to Abse: Same again.   -Conclusion: Summarise key points, explain how your reading of Abse has helped you make sense of Larkin's point of view.                                

Suggested Structure for your 'Murmuring Judges' Essay Question: -Introduction: Address your question and make a brief point about the theme, example: "Murmuring Judges by David Hare, how Hare explores the theme of [.....] is essential to understanding the background of the effects of the systems on various characters."   -Extract: Focus on the extract you have been given. Make points on dramatic technique and focus on what effect Hare is going for and quote to back up your points.    -Within the play as a whole: Extend this to elsewhere in the play. Make sure you quote and that your answers support the question.    Conclusion: Summarise your key points briefly.  

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Quotes from Critics of Larkin:

"He (Larkin) is much less interested in nature for its own sake than for the opportunities it offers to moralise about the human condition." Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin and Symbolism

"None of Larkin's poems registers the achievement of complete calm success in love." Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin and Symbolism

"Death, in Larkin's view, is an utterly comfortless blank. The frequency and forcefulness with which he envisages its approach go a long way towards explaining why he is so often regarded as an unreservedly pessimistic poet." Andrew Motion, Philip Larkin and Symbolism

"Larkin's fury against women is not so much a declared stage of siege against them personally as it is an eternal battle raging within himself." Janice Rossen, Difficulties With Girls 

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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Love and Relationship

Larkin:

  • Love Songs In Age
  • Broadcast
  • Self's The Man
  • Talking In Bed
  • Wild Oats
  • Afternoons

Abse:

  • Postcard To His Wife
  • Blond Boys
  • A Scene From Married Life
  • St. Valentine's Night 
  • Dafydd ap Gwilym at Llanbadarn
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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Death

Larkin:

  • Mr Bleaney
  • An Arundel Tomb
  • Take One Home For The Kiddies
  • Nothing To Be Said
  • Days

 Abse:

  • The Death Of Aunt Alice
  • My Cousin The Soldier
  • Cousin Sidney
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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Characters

Larkin:

  • Mr Bleaney
  • Self's The Man
  • Wild Oats
  • A Study Of Reading Habits
  • Love Songs In Age
  • Sunny Prestatyn

Abse:

  • The Death Of Aunt Alice
  • Uncle Isidore
  • Cousin Sidney
  • Altercation In Splott
  • A Figure of 8
  • Blond Boys
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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Journeys

Larkin:

  • Here
  • The Whitsun Weddings
  • Naturally The Foundation Will Bear Your Expenses

Abse:

  • Leaving Cardiff
  • Down The M4
  • Return To Cardiff 
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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Society

Larkin:

  • Here
  • Naturally The Foundation Will Bear Your Expenses
  • Toads Revisited
  • Water
  • The Whitsun Weddings
  • MCMXIV
  • Sunny Prestatyn
  • Dockery and Son
  • Afternoons
  • An Arundel Tomb
  • Mr Bleaney

Abse:

  • A Figure Of 8 
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Themes for Larkin and Abse: Time and It's Passing.

Larkin: 

  • Love Songs In Age
  • Naturally The Foundation Will Bear Your Expenses
  • Nothing To Be Said
  • Home Is So Sad
  • Toads Revisited
  • The Whitsun Weddings
  • Talking In Bed
  • A Study Of Reading Habits
  • As Bad As A Mile

Abse:

  • Progress
  • A Winter Visit
  • Return To Cardiff
  • Blond Boys
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