Collected Poems Topics for Discussion

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Do you see a significant difference in Larkin's early works opposed to those written shortly before he died? Explain.

Which poems do you find more aesthetically pleasing, those written in formal structure, as prose or free verse?

Do you think Larkin's poems are more suited to people, objects, or typical observations? Explain.

Is the influence of Charles Causley evident in Larkin's simplistic poems? Discuss.

Why do you think Larkin was so reluctant to leave the comfort of the university towns when he easily could have undertaken extensive travel?

How do the modern poems involving sex and out dated attitudes mesh with the more formal works?

Larkin writes many poems about relationships with various women. Do you think the lack of longevity in his relationships has anything to do with the poet's nature as an internally focused, highly celebrated poet?

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