I thought it wise to post something about the work we were doing in class on Larkin’s poem Ambulances.
You will recall that I had described this as a lyric poem and we looked at what this might mean for our reading of the poem.
In general terms, stanzas 1 & 2 set the scene for the poem, stanza 3 conveys a change in perspective on the part of the poet, and stanzas 4 & 5 follow the perspective change and look at the universal nature of the experience.
(Warning: this is a very general overview. You should have fuller notes on your annotated copy of the poem and in you jotter/workbook)
(Be warned: There are mistakes in some of the online copies of these poems!)
You are invited to carry out a solo analysis of either of these with a view to writing a comparative essay between it and ‘Ambulances’ next week.
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