Compare the Ways in How Larkin and Abse Use Settings in Their Poetry

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The way how Larkin and Abse talk about settings in their poetry is contrasting. While Larkin uses the settings to illustrate the poetry as negative like in ‘Talking in Bed’ and ‘Home is So Sad’ Abse get a taste of his settings even if he doesn’t like them, for example in ‘Leaving Cardiff’. Larkin appears as a person who has a scorn for norml things and thus alienate the settings in hus poems. Like a bed used to be a comfortable place, which is now a ‘honest’ place, while on the other hand Abse let the settings be a setting and writes any story on top pf it without influencing the plce as Larkin does. In ‘Talking in Bed’ Larkin explores “two people being honest” in bed. He introduced the poem with writing “Talking in Bed ought to be easiest!” Now the expectstion of the audience are a narrative poem. With using this phrase Larkin disappoints the,. Talking in Bed ‘ought to be’ but is not easy. This disappointment could suggest that Larkin writes in a negative way, if he has even at the begging a different opinion than the majority has while expecting a lovestory or an intimate scene in setting of a bed, but definitely not a confusing, stressful scene as Larkin explores. While Larkin is saying “easiest…honest”, he is using the terminology of contrast. The suggestion of his as a negative writer is now proved. On top of it is confusing for the audience, who tries to get over the first stanza of the poem an impression of what you will be expecting and again Larkin disappoints them. It might also suggest that Larkin criticse the society for thinking in the boxes and expecting everytime the usual as thinking ‘talkinf in bed ought to be easiest’. Larkin associates with the bed negative memories, which he uses to tell in any kind a negative story. :None of this cares for us. Nothing shows why” is critising that “nothing” is good for the people (us) at the moment. Not
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