Larkin Revision Cards: "Here" and "Mr Bleaney"

Notes on Philip Larkin's collection, "The Whitsun Weddings" for WJEC AS Level English Literature.

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Here

Language

  • Repeated verb "swerving"- hints at marginalisation- lack of constraint
  • Contrasting lexical sets in successive stanzas- natural landscape vs. consumerism
  • Frequent compound adjectives for simplicity and precision- reflective of ordinary life

Themes

  • Social class
  • Consumerism
  • Isolation
  • Passing of time

Phonology

  • short vowel sounds- arrival in Hull- "terminate" nature of city
  • elongated vowel sounds- nature- emphasises gentle beauty
  • Regular but alternating rhyme scheme- mirror image for contrast.
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Here

Structure

  • Sense of journey
  • Structure repeated in each stanza for contrast
  • Each stanza contains lists and pairing

Grammar/ Syntax

  • Fronted conjuctions reflect multiple elements of the scene
  • Pairing of nouns in second stanza contrasts historic and intriguing with everyday, mundane

Narrative Stance

  • 3rd person, intrusive and condescending
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Mr Bleaney

Language

  • Lexical set of confinement
  • Noun and noun phrases associated with ordinariness and monotony
  • Colloquial expressions

Themes

  • Death, isolation, position in society

Structure

  • Movement from concrete descriptions to abstract ideas
  • Description of the room reflects the life of Mr Bleaney and at times the persona
  • 7 stanzas with turning point at beginning of last stanza (6)
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Mr Bleaney

Grammar/ Syntax

  • Direct address
  • Elliptical listing of noun phrases
  • Post modification

Narrative stance

  • 1st person (subjective)
  • Employs use of 3rd person narrative within this framework
  • Final line implies doubt- dialogue with the reader

Phonology

  • Frequent repetition of fricatives, plosives and sibilance- often paired
  • Iambic pentameter- Monotony
  • Alternating ABAB rhyme scheme
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