COMPARISON OF LARKIN AND ABSE

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COMPARISON OF LARKIN AND ABSE

Andrew Motion – “very closely guarded, people just didn’t want to see him at home, apart from his close acquaintances”

“Sense of ambiguity in his poems” – attitude towards working class/ looks down on them – or on the other hand he could be envious and a heavy sense of regret that he didn’t live the way they lived

-Socially critical/ Envious of the working class/ Mixes rural and urban in his poems/ Pessimistic

Wilfred Owen influenced Larkin – both have a similar appreciation of the country side/ rural life

Abse - Abse has been compared to Philip Larkin, for his balanced view of life, and for his compassion.

Abse focuses on modern, daily life.

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DANCING AT LUGHNASA CRITIC (NESTA JONES)

'There is no doubt that the plays greatest moments are wordless'

'The sadness which pervades the play is offest by the exhilirating power of the 'dance'

'Friel still creates language of great power and beauty, particularly in Michaels elegant monologues'

'Micheal is a storyteller drawing the auidence in and yet distancing them from the memory'

- Nesta Jones

 

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THEME - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

LOVE SONGS IN AGE

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THEME - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

TALKING IN BED

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THEME - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

AN ARUNDEL TOMB

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THEME - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

POSTCARD TO HIS WIFE

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THEME - LOVE AND RELATIONSHIPS

A SCENE FROM MARRIED LIFE

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THEME - DEATH

MR BLEANEY

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THEME - DEATH

AN ARUNDEL TOMB

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THEME - DEATH

DAYS

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THEME - DEATH (ABSE)

THE DEATH OF AUNT ALICE

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THEME - DEATH ( ABSE)

MY COUSIN, THE SOILDER

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THEME - PLACE

HERE

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THEME - PLACE

THE WHITSON WEDDINGS

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THEME - PLACE

MCMXIV

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THEME - PLACE

DOWN THE M4

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THEME PLACE

RETURN TO CARDIFF

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THEME - SPERATION AND ISOLATION

MR BLEANEY

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THEME - SEPERATION AND ISOLATION

THE IMPORTANCE OF ELSEWHERE

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THEME - SEPERATION

DOCKERY AND SON

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THEME - ISOLATION

HOME IS SO SAD

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THEME - SEPERATION/ISOLATION (ABSE)

DOWN THE M4

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THEME - SEPERATION/ISOLATION (ABSE)

RED BALLOON

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THEME - THE PAST/MEMORIES

HOME IS SO SAD

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THEME - THE PAST/MEMORIES

MR BLEANEY

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THEME - THE PAST/MEMORIES

DOCKERY AND SON

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THEME - THE PAST/MEMORIES (ABSE)

TWO PHOTOGRAPHS

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THEME - THE PAST/MEMORIES (ABSE)

LAST VISIT TO 198 CATHEDRAL ROAD

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THEME - RELIGION

WATER

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THEME - RELIGION

FAITH HEALING

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THEME - RELIGION (ABSE)

QUESTS

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THEMES - RELIGION (ABSE)

RED BALLOON

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DANCING AT LUGHNASA - HISTORICAL INFLUENCES

Dancing  at Lughnasa

Conservative catholic climate of 1936

New cultural influences

Invasion of Abyssinia

Spanish Civil War

Economic/ social changes

 

 “The combined effect is mesment and deeply moving” - Nesta Jones

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