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Read this poem by Philip Larkin and share your thoughts and opinions on the poem.

Here are a few points you may want to consider:

1st: What it means by "their faces blurred".?
2nd: What the "dogs under their feet" suggests.?
3rd: Why it the image of him holding her hand the way he does such a "sharp tender shock".?
4th: What main theme is occuring in stanza 3 and running on into stanza 4 and 5.?
5th: What imagery is conveyed by the phrase "The air would change to soundless damage".
6th: What sort of connotations specific words have such as "blurred", "vaguely", "faint", "prolong", "old".
7th: What does Larkin mean by the power phrase "the endless altered people came, Washing at their identity." What sort of image is portrayed.
8th: What do you think Larkin means by the ending "Our almost-instinct almost true:
What will survive of us is love.".?



An Arundel Tomb

Side by side, their faces blurred,
The earl and countess lie in stone,
Their proper habits vaguely shown
As jointed armour, stiffened pleat,
And that faint hint of the absurd -
The little dogs under their feet.

Such plainness of the pre-baroque
Hardly involves the eye, until
It meets his left-hand gauntlet, still
Clasped empty in the other; and
One sees, with a sharp tender shock,
His hand withdrawn, holding her hand.

They would not think to lie so long.
Such faithfulness in effigy
Was just a detail friends would see:
A sculptor's sweet commissioned grace
Thrown off in helping to prolong
The Latin names around the base.

They would no guess how early in
Their supine stationary voyage
The air would change to soundless damage,
Turn the old tenantry away;
How soon succeeding eyes begin
To look, not read. Rigidly they

Persisted, linked, through lengths and breadths
Of time. Snow fell, undated. Light
Each summer thronged the grass. A bright
Litter of birdcalls strewed the same
Bone-littered ground. And up the paths
The endless altered people came,

Washing at their identity.
Now, helpless in the hollow of
An unarmorial age, a trough
Of smoke in slow suspended skeins
Above their scrap of history,
Only an attitude remains:

Time has transfigures them into
Untruth. The stone fidelity
They hardly meant has come to be
Their final blazon, and to prove
Our almost-instinct almost true:
What will survive of us is love.

Philip Larkin

Here is a picture of what the poem is based on:

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ummmmmmmmmmm ????????????????????????????//ahhhhh mummies i think lol
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jennyynguyen123 wrote:

ummmmmmmmmmm ????????????????????????????//ahhhhh mummies i think lol


Mummies...yes....YES.! Interesting.!

well in my opinion it IS a hard poem 0=]

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Original-rimi wrote:


jennyynguyen123 wrote:

ummmmmmmmmmm ????????????????????????????//ahhhhh mummies i think lol


Mummies...yes....YES.! Interesting.!

well in my opinion it IS a hard poem 0=]

xo


i hate mummies
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jennyynguyen123 wrote:


Original-rimi wrote:


jennyynguyen123 wrote:

ummmmmmmmmmm ????????????????????????????//ahhhhh mummies i think lol


Mummies...yes....YES.! Interesting.!

well in my opinion it IS a hard poem 0=]

xo


i hate mummies


hehe.!
Don't worry. The poems not about Mummies, it's about love [mainly, obviously with side themes and topics]

^-^

xo
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Original-rimi wrote:


jennyynguyen123 wrote:


Original-rimi wrote:


jennyynguyen123 wrote:

ummmmmmmmmmm ????????????????????????????//ahhhhh mummies i think lol


Mummies...yes....YES.! Interesting.!

well in my opinion it IS a hard poem 0=]

xo


i hate mummies


hehe.!
Don't worry. The poems not about Mummies, it's about love [mainly, obviously with side themes and topics]

^-^

xo


o ok hehe
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wow great poem!!! their faces are really blurred.
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hmmmm, a statue with a couple?
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