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Sunny Prestatyn Analysis

Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 9

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Come to Sunny Prestatyn
Laughed the girl on the poster,
Kneeling up on the sand
In tautened white satin.
Behind her, a hunk of coast, a
Hotel with palms
Seemed to expand from her thighs and
Spread breast-lifting arms.

She was slapped up one day in March.
A couple of weeks, and her face
Was snaggle-toothed and boss-eyed;
Huge tits and a fissured crotch
Were scored well in, and the space
Between her legs held scrawls
That set her fairly astride
A tuberous cock and balls

Autographed Titch Thomas, while
Someone had used a knife
Or something to stab right through
The moustached lips of her smile.
She was too good for this life.
Very soon, a great transverse tear
Left only a hand and some blue.
Now Fight Cancer is there.

Submitted by Andrew Mayers


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I think the poem depicts his how he views relationships/love. The first stanza talks about beauty,the second talks about becoming ugly or vandalized but the last stanza talks about replacement. I think he\'s describing his prior relationship to Ruth which is described in \"Wild Oats\".

| Posted on 2013-03-09 | by a guest

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The title uses irony
Crude sex appeal is used to appeal to the stereotypical and utterly conventional idea of a mans perfect woman.
The language turns vulgar and ugly as it starts to sound angry. This can be seen in the change of the word \'breasts\' in paragraph 1, to \'tits\' in paragraph 2.
Larkin uses \'slapped up\' to create shock and this ultimately provokes a reaction from the reader
Just my view :)

| Posted on 2012-09-29 | by a guest

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Larkin\'s essentially exploring social discontent and a kind of mental and social brutality here. Despite the girl on the poster \"laughing\" and not having done anything wrong she\'s still vandalized as described. It\'s an uncaring world he\'s depicting, but oddly enough the damage is inflicted on something as equally meaningless and uncaring. A replacement of a holiday poster with a \"Fight cancer\" is possibly a reference to the social \"cancer\" as well as a description of something originally frivolous and cheerful being replaced with something bleak and untouchable when it is damaged. \"She was slapped up one day\" gives a feeling of carefree exploitation of the \"girl\". Larkin portrays an image as being a real person, blurring the line between image and reality, so all this being done to an image is happening to a person, but we still view her as an image, giving it a more lighthearted feel.

| Posted on 2012-06-14 | by a guest

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the lack of serious atmosphere, eg "laughed", "slapped up" and "scored well in" suggests girls like her lives' arn't important, that she is a lie and not to be taken seriously.
hunk- double meaning- a part of land or whatever and also a man.
the lack of explisit-ness like "something" "one day" and "a couple of weeks" underlines the who-cares attitude, that it's not anything serious to worry about.
vulgar language too.
the mood goes from comical to sinister, with a fairly casual tone throughout.

| Posted on 2010-05-09 | by a guest

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this poem illustrates that the local population has clearly seen that it is being lied to: prestatyn, in "sunny" wales is a big lie, and the use of sexual images in the ad are degrading: this is why the image itself has also been degraded, and finally torn away.
Now "fight cancer" is there, and this serious ad has not been degraded, because it is no lie, it is all too serious and deadly to be turned into derision

| Posted on 2009-07-08 | by a guest

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I beileve this poem depicts the vandalism problems that Britain is all to common with. The commercial side of the poem 'laughed the girl on the poster', highlights the difficulties in coveying realism in individuals. This poem also passes off sexual inuendos, 'spread breast-lifting arms', which could also address mankind's obsession with sex.

| Posted on 2009-02-11 | by a guest

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