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Mr Bleaney Analysis



Author: Poetry of Philip Larkin Type: Poetry Views: 1389

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The Whitsun Weddings1955'This was Mr Bleaney's room. He stayed

The whole time he was at the Bodies, till

They moved him.' Flowered curtains, thin and frayed,

Fall to within five inches of the sill,Whose window shows a strip of building land,

Tussocky, littered. 'Mr Bleaney took

My bit of garden properly in hand.'

Bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb, no hookBehind the door, no room for books or bags -

'I'll take it.' So it happens that I lie

Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags

On the same saucer-souvenir, and tryStuffing my ears with cotton-wool, to drown

The jabbering set he egged her on to buy.

I know his habits - what time he came down,

His preference for sauce to gravy, whyHe kept on plugging at the four aways -

Likewise their yearly frame: the Frinton folk

Who put him up for summer holidays,

And Christmas at his sister's house in Stoke.But if he stood and watched the frigid wind

Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed

Telling himself that this was home, and grinned,

And shivered, without shaking off the dreadThat how we live measures our own nature,

And at his age having no more to show

Than one hired box should make him pretty sure

He warranted no better, I don't know.






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.: Literary techniques :.

• Rhyme (Petrarchan sonnet in iambic pentameter)
• Alliteration (For example “saucer-souvenir”)
• Pun (Word “Bodies” is the name of a place which also means a human body)
• Irony (For example in stanza 2, we don’t know if he ever dug her garden and bin stanza 3, there is no escaping the fact that, no matter how much he tries to disassociate from Mr Bleany because their both the same )

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