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“In his poems Larkin denies the possibility of spirituality in the real world.” Discuss.
Philip Larkin writes in a style which is that of a realist, if a slightly pessimistic one. He does not refer to spirituality directly but in many of his poems there are undertones that suggest it is something that troubles him and to which he gives a lot of thought. In poems such as ‘Water’, ‘High Windows’ and ‘Church Going’ there are many metaphors for religion or using religion. It is a common occurrence in many of his poems and although he is not a religious man I think he finds the idea of believing in something like religion appealing but he simply cannot come to terms with it.
The poem ‘Church Going’ paints a portrait of a very confused person. The author appears to want to treat the church with flippancy:-
‘Back at the door
I sign the book, donate an Irish sixpence,
Reflect the place was not worth sto...
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