5 Matching Annotations
  1. Sep 2021
    1. No rational being Can fear a thing it will not feel,

      This statement is italicized to denote that Larkin does not share this point of view on fear. The format change highlights that these are not Larkin's words, they are those of the "specious."

    2. I work all day, and get half-drunk at night. Waking at four to soundless dark, I stare.

      The first-person narration being used here freezes time or carves out a specific moment in time for the narrator to really set up the what he/she is thinking before the sun comes up. More prominently, the phrase "I stare," slows down the poem and prepares the reader for what he is realy thinking.

      Additionally, it is the only stanza with an "I" repeated three times, reminding readers that these are thoughts one person not a representation of others. First-person narrration is always personalised but in this poem, the contemplation of death seems so universal because everyone will face death eventually

  2. Feb 2021
    1. So, they do all sorts of stupid stuff, like walk into the middle of the road and get hit by cars, rub the bark off tree trunks and eat all our flowers.

      This statement is passive aggressive and clearly establishes his stance in the article. It show that he believes that Trump and the situation in San Fransisco is "stupid". He maintains his light tone, which allows the reader to look forward to reading what could be seen as a not so entertaining topic.

    2. like my deer, San Francisco’s school board has no political predators. Liberal Democrats dominate politics there, so there’s no serious threat from a conservative alternativ

      He indirectly shares his position here by comparing it to the deer. He shows his idea that a lot of the problems happening in the world is because no one is stopping them. He shows that this is annoying by referring back to the deer.

  3. Jun 2016
    1. Even the most devout gun owners should be able to get behind keeping guns out of the hands of potential terrorists.

      Here is the oppo view, pretty ugly. Hard to climb up that point of view, ain't it? Why can't we get along? Because some of these fuckers are just wrong. Wrong like below.