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At Grass Analysis



Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 12


The eye can hardly pick them out
From the cold shade they shelter in,
Till wind distresses tail and main;
Then one crops grass, and moves about
- The other seeming to look on -
And stands anonymous again

Yet fifteen years ago, perhaps
Two dozen distances sufficed
To fable them: faint afternoons
Of Cups and Stakes and Handicaps,
Whereby their names were artificed
To inlay faded, classic Junes -

Silks at the start: against the sky
Numbers and parasols: outside,
Squadrons of empty cars, and heat,
And littered grass : then the long cry
Hanging unhushed till it subside
To stop-press columns on the street.

Do memories plague their ears like flies?
They shake their heads. Dusk brims the shadows.
Summer by summer all stole away,
The starting-gates, the crowd and cries -
All but the unmolesting meadows.
Almanacked, their names live; they

Have slipped their names, and stand at ease,
Or gallop for what must be joy,
And not a fieldglass sees them home,
Or curious stop-watch prophesies:
Only the grooms, and the grooms boy,
With bridles in the evening come.

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the dominant theme of the poem is nostalgia, mourning for the past glorious days of the British Empire.
and the second is the theme of retirement.

| Posted on 2012-04-07 | by a guest


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It\'s understandable that money can make people disembarrass. But how to act if one does not have cash? The only one way is to try to get the home loans and bank loan.

| Posted on 2012-02-03 | by a guest


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The title of the poem has the symbolic significance. The same grass was there when horses were renowned and energetic and the same grass is the here but they are now old,dull and free to roam everywhere in the field.Everything that exist will decline and will loose its x

| Posted on 2011-10-23 | by a guest


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The title of the poem has the symbolic significance. The same grass was there when horses were renowned and energetic and the same grass is the here but they are now old,dull and free to roam everywhere in the field.Everything that exist will decline and will loose its x

| Posted on 2011-10-23 | by a guest


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Hey! I do think it\'s talking about the loniness. The horses are retired now with a big contrast with the honourable old days.

| Posted on 2010-10-14 | by a guest


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at grass has a key theme of loss, loss of generation. it tells us that in their past lives the horses were champion race horses, yet now they have been put to grass, meaning they have been retired and a free to roam the fields all day. there is deep contrast in stanzas 1 and 2 as they refer to the past where as stanzas, 1, 4 and 5 refer to present tense, and the writer asking himself if they miss the old days, he imediatly answers himself and says no, the horses appear happy with their lives.

| Posted on 2010-01-22 | by a guest


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Ok, so this poem s_ _ks, but I've got my GCSEs and none of you who are good in English and happen to see no comment on this poem are being very helpful.

| Posted on 2008-05-19 | by a guest




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