The Whitsun Weddings

  • Salem K. Hassan
Part of the Macmillan Studies in Twentieth-Century Literature book series (STCL)

Abstract

In his middle age Larkin became more aware of the essence of existence and the problem of time. Time keeps on pressing heavily upon his thinking as he observes the change, mostly for the worse, taking place everywhere around him. By capturing moments of dissatisfaction with life, Larkin introduces in ‘Mr Bleaney’ a remarkable vision of that state when we are far away from the fulfilment of our wishes. This poem demonstrates the response one feels upon arrival at a new residence. It also depicts the life of the previous lodger by speculating on his belongings, the surroundings of the bed-sitting-room and a few remarks the landlady makes about him:

‘Mr Bleaney took My bit of garden properly in hand.’

Bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb, no hook….

Keywords

Dust Assimilation Hunt Bleached Tempo 

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© Salem K. Hassan 1988

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