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4.0 out of 5 stars The Whitsun Weddings
Looking at the previous reviews I find it quite adverse that someone would condemn a book of poetry because it isn't 'perky' enough. I thought poetry was about so much more than just lifting the spirits.

I myself am 17, studying The Whitsun Weddings for my AS level. Incontestably, it is of a depressive nature, but I do not view this as a possible criticism of...
Published on 21 Nov 2007 by Dani.

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The book was in a worse state than descripted, however does the job so I'm thankful for it, specially with the price I could not complain
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Contains some of the great man's finest work, 8 Mar 2002
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This review is from: The Whitsun Weddings (Faber Poetry) (Paperback)
Between The Less Deceived (which contained some great poems, 'Coming' among them) and this volume, Larkin developed - evolved, if you like - into the leading poet of his day. And one can quite see why. 'MCMXIV' is remarkable because of the back-of-the-neck thing it does. When you get that you know you've just read a really good poem.
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8 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Depressing, cynical, profoudnly dull...I could go on., 12 Jan 2006
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This review is from: The Whitsun Weddings (Faber Poetry) (Paperback)
This selection is one which a reader will either adore or despise. By my title, one can safely assume I fall into the category of utter despise for this piece.
A compulsory read for an A-Level Literature course, Larkin is depressing to the young mind. He argues and portrays that he has lived a life, that he has been afforded true experience, that he can convey to the reader the knowledge and awareness that one needs so as to not discover the same unpleasantries that befitted him.
However, Larkin's portrayal of life is painfully depressing. There is no sense of positivity, but rather melancholy, doom and gloom, sadness, depression, failure, misgivings, misfortune, darkness. It is not what a 17-year-old reader wishes to read about what he will endure over the coming years.
Larkin does not seem to believe in true love, but rather in the meaninglessness of sexual prosciumuity. He writes as though true love has not touched him, as though he does not consider it to be existent and so reaches the most depressing levels with the reader. This collection is not a pick-me-up.
The devices Larkin uses, his literal and poetic quality, his apparent ability are all evident and all applaudable. Indeed, techincally, his manipulation and presentation of language is exceptional, there is no doubting his poetic ability. It is not the quality of his poems that make this colection an unwelcome read; it is the subject, the general feeling exuded. This is not a warm, cheerful book.
So whilst the poet is evidently vastly talented and whilst his talent is impressive, this book does not justify its purchase. There is adequate sadness in the world, without one paying one's money to read Larkin's arduously depressing perception of life in further detail. I regret having taken English Literature, largely because of this text - it is not a worthwhile read unless your choice is to remove all joy from the true beauties we are all afforded.
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