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The Whitsun Weddings and Selected Poems: York Notes Advanced Paperback – 27 Aug 2003

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Longman; 1 edition (27 Aug. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 058277229X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0582772298
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 0.7 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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By A Customer on 19 Feb. 2004
I am currently studying this for a-level and this book has been a great help. It contains many features and a break down of how to study a poem and analysises each poem, with three extended commentaries on 'toads revisted', 'ambulances' and 'here'. This study guide also gives relevant and important background information on Larkin. I found this book to be really helpful in particular its analysis of each poem and has really helped with my course. I would definetly recommend this book to others!
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This book is very useful for students studying 'the whitsun weddings' for a-level like myself. It gives you lots of different ideas and interpretations that you or your teachers may not have have thought about. It also helps your understanding of some of the more difficult poems. However, it is held back by the fact that it does not cover all of the poems in the collection, although it doesn't miss out any of the 'major' poems. The information on themes and other background information is very helpful as well.
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Although this publication doesn't contain all the Larkin poems in the AQA A-level Literature anthology, it is still a useful study-aid and revision tool for students and teachers of A-level poetry. As with all modern York Notes it is clearly and attractively designed with a wealth of relevant information separated into appropriate sections. A must-buy for students of Larkin but be aware it might not have all the poems you need.
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(Currently doing A-Level studies on The Whitsun Weddings)

The book is rather short and doesn't really go into enough detail in the poems. Most of the comments being made are ones that the reader most likely could come to by themselves.

The book is good enough just to recap on the poems and to get the 'jist' of the poems, But I wouldn't recommend this for those who are die hard students.

My teacher and school hand out notes are much better than the book.

If its cheap, Purchase. If its expensive, Don't bother.
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The book is really useful and does provide a lot of information about the poems. However I didn't realise when I bought it that it didn't have the whole whitsun weddings collection. It was mentioned in other review but since I was using a different specification I thought I would be ok. turns out it doesn't have every poem in the whitsun weddings book. It does have most, however but you may want to consider buying the study guide as well.
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I think that this book is actually really useful for a broad knowledge of all the poems in the selection, eg for an exam. However as I am only focusing on one of the poems for my coursework it does not go into quite enough depth to be of any real use.
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By Kurt Messick HALL OF FAME on 23 Nov. 2005
My introduction to Philip Larkin and his collection of verse, 'The Whitsun Weddings' I owe to my friend David Evennett, at that time Member of Parliament for Erith and Crayford (now MP for another area). Back when I was researcher for a Member of Parliament, I had an avocation as a poet. David discovered this, and recommended Larkin as a poetic voice worthy of attention. (His researcher acted surprised, blurting out loud much to our amusement, 'And here I always took you for a Philistine!') I have been grateful ever since, as I frequently return to this slim volume of verse for inspiration and reflection.
This volume of poetry includes 32 poems of the original 'Whitsun Weddings' collection, plus some others. 'Whitsun Weddings' was a small book first published in 1964, which has proven so popular (something rare in poetry circles) that it has been reprinted four times during the 1970s, four times during the 1980s, and continues to be reprinted periodically up to the present day.
John Betjeman, one-time poet laureate of England, once commented of Larkin that 'this tenderly observant poet writes clearly, rhythmically, and thoughtfully about what all of us can understand.' This is the key to Larkin's verse -- accessibility. There are no obvious poetical devices that overpower the meaning or the language; there are no forced schemes, however brilliantly executed, that impose themselves on the reader. The gentle rhythms carry the reader like a slow-moving train on a well-cushioned track.
The poem 'Mr. Bleaney' is the one David first drew attention to when I brought in the small book a few days after his recommendation.
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By Amber on 18 Jan. 2013
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The most perfect guide for people studying Philip Larkins poems. The guide is detailed where it counts and not in a boring way and covers almost everything I wondered about. Definitely recommend to other students
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