Journeys in Larkin and Abse

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Journeys in Larkin and Abse


  • Observational narrative stance
  • Changing views throughout journey- modern buildings vs. traditional rural areas
  • Shows contrast between "swerving" and straightness- regularity and constraint vs. freedom
  • Contrasts also highlighted in rhyme scheme (reflected)

Dockery and Son

  • "fumes" of Sheffield- negative view of development
  • Scenery "subsides" as the persona leaves his past behind
  • Poem structurally heading towards "the only end of age", as…



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