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Poetry Of Departures Analysis

Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 21

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Sometimes you hear, fifth-hand,

As epitaph:

He chucked up everything

And just cleared off

And always the voice will sound

Certain you approve

This audacious, purifying,

Elemental move.

And they are right, I think.

We all hate home

And having to be there:

I detest my room,

It's specially-chosen junk,

The good books, the good bed,

And my life, in perfect order:

So to hear it said

He walked out on the whole crowd

Leaves me flushed and stirred,

Like Then she undid her dress

Or Take that you bastard;

Surely I can, if he did?

And that helps me to stay

Sober and industrious.

But I'd go today,

Yes, swagger the nut-strewn roads,

Crouch in the fo'c'sle

Stubbly with goodness, if

It weren't so artificial,

Such a deliberate step backwards

To create an object:

Books; china; a life

Reprehensibly perfect.


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The commonality between the lives of humans causes the variation within itself. Given the fact that each individual is leading the same dreary life, it makes sense that a select few would find it unappealing and go against it. From this comes those who are rebellious and unruly or those who do not accept the world around them and who seek adventure. There are then those who comply to the the conventional way of life, in which humanity drones through the daily chores which society puts forth. In “Poetry of Departures”, Philip Larkin illustrates both.
In the first stanza, Larkin describes a man who decides to throw everything out of his life and start anew elsewhere. He implies that the masses would approve of this action by seeing it as an “audacious, purifying,” as well as an elemental move. The reason for this decision would most likely be the fact that most people would like to reinvent their lives by overhauling every aspect. In other words, we would find that decision to be correct and daring but we would not brave it because of the repercussions it may cause in our lives. He claims that he is certain that the reader would approve as he does.
In the second stanza Larkin confirms his previous implications that “we all hate home,” even the very materials which make it up, which is why he ironically states that we’d rather leave it behind than to have to suffer in the presence of everything that we love. Whether it is a “good book,” or a “good bed,” or anything else in which we associate home, Larkin considers it as a handicap to the luxuries that life could offer. It is as if life were too perfect, too still to be a life worth living. Larkin does not see life as time meant to be settled down, he, as well as many others, would rather live their lives in the spur of the moment, with adventure filling what would be the dull moments of life, and until you finally were laid to rest is when you would settle for nothing less than peace.

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