Collected Poems - Section 1 Summary & Analysis

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Section 1 Summary

Section 1 is the first of two sections of Larkin's poetry from 1946-83. In the poem "Deep Analysis," Larkin writes as if he were a woman who has been rejected. The woman has offered herself unconditionally, wanting nothing more than to please, server and love the object of her affection. The woman does not understand why the subject will not accept her kindness and affection and instead turns away. The woman states, "I became your grief when you would not listen." Although the door may have closed between the two, as a sort of death, the woman states that her grief will not subside.

The poem titled "The Dedicated" acknowledges the fact that there is one who must keep the path clear for the mourning who enters into a cemetery to pay homage or simply visit the tombstones of the dead. It is almost...

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