A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin’s ‘An Arundel Tomb’

The enjoyment i most gain from poetry is the rhythm and metre when I read a poem aloud. Some people may look at me on a bus or sitting on a station mouthing almost silently the words , thinking perhaps I have just learnt to read and this is the only way I am capable. I cannot though, for the life of me, find a way to read this poem aloud. It stops and starts and grates in such a way I am compelled to sit in silent contemplation of the words and phrases. Perhaps this is what he was striving for, the same quiet contemplation afforded the memorial by the viewer.

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A summary of Larkin’s great poem

Completed in February 1956 but not published until 1964, when it appeared in Philip Larkin’s volume The Whitsun Weddings, ‘An Arundel Tomb’ is one of Larkin’s most popular and widely anthologised poems. It might also be called one of the truly great love poems of the twentieth century. But its images and meaning can best be approached through an analysis of how Larkin uses language and form to achieve his effects. You can read ‘An Arundel Tomb’ here.

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