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Ambulances Analysis



Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 7


Closed like confessionals, they thread
Loud noons of cities, giving back
None of the glances they absorb.
Light glossy grey, arms on a plaque,
They come to rest at any kerb:
All streets in time are visited.

Then children strewn on steps or road,
Or women coming from the shops
Past smells of different dinners, see
A wild white face that overtops
Red stretcher-blankets momently
As it is carried in and stowed,

And sense the solving emptiness
That lies just under all we do,
And for a second get it whole,
So permanent and blank and true.
The fastened doors recede. Poor soul,
They whisper at their own distress;

For borne away in deadened air
May go the sudden shut of loss
Round something nearly at an end,
And what cohered in it across
The years, the unique random blend
Of families and fashions, there

At last begin to loosen. Far
From the exchange of love to lie
Unreachable insided a room
The trafic parts to let go by
Brings closer what is left to come,
And dulls to distance all we are.


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I think its plausible to say that the Ambulance is characterised as death, or the Grim Reaper. It goes around town at random, collecting the dead. I also think the ambulance is portrayed as just one ambulance, wherein reality there\'s never just one ambulance going about. The ambulance is given its own character here, which I think is very clever.

| Posted on 2012-10-20 | by a guest


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The \'Amubulance\' itself could be a symbol of fear which everyone experiences as they witness another death.
\"Closed like confessionals\" - link to sin, judgement. Community is united by faith. However, the idea of being \"closed\" could imply that each person is concealing themselves and are trapped in a cycle of secrecy.

| Posted on 2012-05-06 | by a guest


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Ambulances is a symbol of worries, chaos and uncertainty of human life. The theme of life and death is presented in this poem. The subject of this poem is crystallization of the realities of life in the face of death. Death is the biggest reality of this world. Life is a combination of known and unknown miseries and issues of life. One can hardly tackle known issues of life. So the unknown issues and problem of life are beyond human capacity.

| Posted on 2012-04-14 | by a guest


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Ambulances is a symbol of worries, chaos and uncertainty of human life. The theme of life and death is presented in this poem. The subject of this poem is crystallization of the realities of life in the face of death. Death is the biggest reality of this world. Life is a combination of known and unknown miseries and issues of life. One can hardly tackle known issues of life. So the unknown issues and problem of life are beyond human capacity.

| Posted on 2012-04-14 | by a guest


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Ambulances- My first impression of the poem Ambulances by Phillip Larkin is that the abulance a literal and metaphoric symbol of death. This is proven when Larkin states that \"all streets in time are visited\". Besides for the literal meaning, this could symbolize the inevitability of death and how it eventually will capture us all. To do a poetry analysis you have to look at content, style, and theme. -grade 11 student kevin bahry, sisler high school.

| Posted on 2012-01-25 | by a guest


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The main theme of the poem is Death and how it\'s inevitable. i think i\'d like this poem if i didn\'t have to take it to pieces and compare it with some of Shamus Heaney\'s work for my English course work >=(

| Posted on 2011-04-06 | by a guest


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I think this poem symbolises the inevitibility of death and the common fear that it is always just around the corner for us all. Larkin manages to evoke a sense of forboding in the poem however he\'s just analysing the visit of an ambulance to a street. This poem makes us all stop for a second and reflect upon maybe a loved one who\'s no longer with us or perhaps our own death. It creates an uneasy tension between the reader and the page. We can all sympathise with Larkin when he reminds us how it\'s a human reaction to have sympathy and pity for the poor anonymous person in the ambulance but to also stop and be thankful that it is not us, or indeed a loved one. I think it\'s a profound poem and like so many of Larkin\'s poems deals with death in a manageable manner so we can identify with it and deal with it.

| Posted on 2010-12-05 | by a guest


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The poem is a representation of death. The ambulance is death. In stanza 1, larkin mentions how the ambulance can come to rest at any kreb. This conveys the randomness of the ambulance and thus the randomness of death. Larkin also mentions how "All streets in time are visited", what larkin means by this is that death in inevitable, because the day you die an ambulance will pick you up, you cannot escape death. Larkin also presents the idea that generally people forget about death, larkin conveys how once death appears around someone's life there is a morbid fascination with it because it seems so strange. Larkin then mentions how these "onlookers" realise the "emptiness That lies just under all we do" and for a moment understand that life has only one certainty; death. Larkin then begins to describe the idea that once you are dead, your body is just an ordinary object. Larkin describes a body being taken away by an ambulance with the word "it" this suggest how larkin feels this corpse has no meaning , just like any ordinary inanimate object it is being "stowed" suggesting larkin feels that the corpse is being shut away, just like a piece of cargo.

| Posted on 2010-05-11 | by a guest


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This poem gives you a shivering insight of death, and its inevibility to us all. The imagery sparks much emotion and depth, far deeper than that of the words. A complex, yet haunting poem, once understood.

| Posted on 2010-02-22 | by a guest


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im doing this poem for an English essay and im pulling my hair out over it, it makes barely an sense, i hate it.

| Posted on 2010-02-09 | by a guest


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I think, ambulances are a metaphor for the inevitable fate, death, that meets us all, further emphasized by the line "they come to rest at any kerb".

The horrific descriptions of "wild white face" against the "red" blankets, portray the contrasting colours of red and white- skin/ bones and blood, emphasizing the horrors of death, of decaying flesh.
The 'it' as to what is being carried away dehumanizes the patient, after death, our body is a mere object.
It is important to note that us saying 'Poor soul' symbolizes our selfish retreat into our own problems as we self pity ourselves in the ambulances.
Bla bla bla, I hate this poem.

| Posted on 2009-06-09 | by a guest


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Ambulances- I think that ambulances is more of a symbolic poem. I believe that the ambulance symbolises illness, disease and death. It says in the first stanza “all streets in time are visited”. This is a very realistic statement because an ambulance will eventually come to every street, as will illness disease and death.

| Posted on 2009-02-01 | by a guest




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