A Short Analysis of Philip Larkin’s ‘MCMXIV’ — Interesting Literature

A summary of one of Larkin’s greatest poems ‘MCMXIV’ is one of Philip Larkin’s best-loved poems. Completed in May 1960, the poem was published in Larkin’s 1964 volume The Whitsun Weddings. You can read ‘MCMXIV’ here; what follows is our analysis of the poem. ‘MCMXIV’ is the year 1914 in Roman numerals. As Christopher Ricks […]

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  1. The line about the men leaving their gardens tidy also refers to the fact that in 1914 everyone expected a very short war (‘over by Christmas’). By the time they returned there would just be a little work to do to get their garden back in order.

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