Analysis Of Plymouth By Dylan Thomas Larkin

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Larkin feels that poetry must be rational and delightful and therefore opposes Dylan Thomas’s use of too much expression and excessive romantic surrealism. Surrealistic poetry of the 1940s especially of Dylan Thomas appears odd and irrational to Larkin. The poetic sensibility of Larkin and other Movement poets was as per the likes and dislikes of the audience of the post-War period. Larkin’s “Plymouth” is about his continuing struggle to find a distinctive manner. The poem betrays the influence of Dylan Thomas and of Yeats: ‘The hands that chose them rust upon a stick”, (Larkin, CP 25) but in its closing lines looks forward to a poetry that, by implication, would demand the rejection of such influences:
Let my hands find such symbols that can
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An Eliot poem cannot be understood without understanding these allusions. His poetry is unreachable to the normal reader. Important traits of Eliot’s poetic style stress the careful crafting and arrangement of lines and phrases Eliot drew very heavily upon allusions to historical, classical and other literary sources. Eliot used allusions because his poetic aesthetic recognized nothing new is created unless it is built upon all that has come before. His style also emphasized bold even dramatic language, vivid imagery, and complex symbolism. His prominent themes include identity, religion, sexuality, and the nature of love. He matches his vocabulary and diction to the emotional state conveyed by the poem so that the two enhance each other. He was influenced by the poets from Shakespeare to Symbolists.Poems like The Waste Land, Ash Wednesday, and Byzantium are full of allusions which often make poems …show more content…
Eliot for its obscurity and complexity. As David Lodge says: “ in 1950s, the poetry of a new generation is found “anti-modernist, readerly and realistic” (Lodge 32). Movement poetry is quite free from scholarly, metaphysical, Biblical or classical allusions. Occasional allusions are used in such a way that inferring, at least, the literal meaning of a poem is not hindered even without understanding them. Understanding of such allusions only adds to the interpretation of a poem; at the same time, it is not essential for the readers to understand the allusions to enjoy a Movement

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