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Dublinesque Analysis

Author: Poetry of Philip Larkin Type: Poetry Views: 396

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Down stucco sidestreets,

Where light is pewter

And afternoon mist

Brings lights on in shops

Above race-guides and rosaries,

A funeral passes.The hearse is ahead,

But after there follows

A troop of streetwalkers

In wide flowered hats,

Leg-of-mutton sleeves,

And ankle-length dresses.There is an air of great friendliness,

As if they were honouring

One they were fond of;

Some caper a few steps,

Skirts held skilfully

(Someone claps time),And of great sadness also.

As they wend away

A voice is heard singing

Of Kitty, or Katy,

As if the name meant once

All love, all beauty.


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To me \"Dublinesque\" is one of the most beautiful poems by Larkin. There\'s something about the atmosphere he is able to create that makes the poem particularly moving.
Moreover, despite the fact that it deals with a funeral,the poem conveys a great sense of hope. The warth of the community,their songs and prayers make me believe that she\'ll continue to live in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

| Posted on 2012-09-13 | by a guest

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Is dublin even by the coast? It would be a really freak fishing accident otherwise.
But yeah, it feels to me like in the poem, everything in the streets is dead. The streets are very passive, nothing seems to be happening, and the light is 'pewter'- suggesting cold and metallic. By celebrating the life of the girl, Kitty or Katy, they bring her alive and make her the living thing in the street as opposed to the single dead person. Her life lives on in the feelings she created- 'all love, all beauty'. The poem is one of Larkin's most beautiful to me, on par with 'Oils'. But then again the ugly stuff can be the best ^_^

| Posted on 2008-09-26 | by a guest

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Katy is a vietmanese prostitute Larkin employed to do to his dishes when he was out of time, because his cat ate off the dinner table generally.

This poem is based on a trip he experienced when taking LSD when he realized that in fact, he hated Katy and hoped she died in a freak fishing accident in Dublin.

| Posted on 2006-05-24 | by Approved Guest

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