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Wants Analysis



Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 5


Beyond all this, the wish to be alone:
However the sky grows dark with invitation-cards
However we follow the printed directions of sex
However the family is photographed under the flagstaff—
Beyond all this, the wish to be alone.

Beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs:
Despite the artful tensions of the calendar,
The life insurance, the tabled fertility rites,
The costly aversion of the eyes from death—
Beneath it all, desire of oblivion runs.

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He's talking about death and suicide. He's saying that no matter how much we can build up our lives and try to put up bright little facades to explain the transient nature of life, death is still a constant oppression which ultimately negates anything in this world of life, if we let it. The desire to be alone is the death instinct crying out for attention and consuming us, sometimes paradoxically, in the face life.

| Posted on 2013-12-03 | by a guest


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I think he\'s saying that despite feeling occasionally a bit gloomy he\'s still very much in love with life; that you should always look on the bright side and grab each day by the balls.

| Posted on 2013-06-11 | by a guest


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Right. I think Larkin relies on the weight of his line to convey the nature of death, which he uses as a symbol throughout his works. Death is unfathomably heavy, and each of us is Atlas holding up the world. If only we could look death in the face, we would not be doomed to this partial understanding of the world.

| Posted on 2010-10-27 | by a guest


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I think Philip Larkin is saying...
despite all the typical rituals of every-day life (invitations, family photographs) -- all these things which seem the \'norm\' in the ordinary days of one\'s life... beyond it all there is still the wish to be alone.... and not to have all of this...
The wish for \"oblivion\" (forgetfulness, unconsciousness) , despite the everyday things that take place in one\'s life... \'Life insurance\'...
Despite our vain attempts to prevent the inevitable process of death .... Underneath it all there is still the desire for oblivion (unconsciousness).
For forgetting it all and just... \"sleeping\".

| Posted on 2010-10-08 | by a guest


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| Posted on 2009-11-13 | by a guest




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