Print When my silent assassin emerged last autumn, I pressed my surgeon about the prognosis for a form of peritoneal cancer that strikes women in stealthy fashion. My memory of this moment has a Caravaggio-like quality, a camera obscura scene of shadows and shock. I did not weep. I raged at the notion of being ushered toward a comfortable death by male doctors from a community hospital who confidently assured me that this was the sole treatment for a female malady.
Talking in bed ought to be easiest, 2. Lying together there goes back so far, 3. An emblem of two people being honest. Yet more and more time passes silently. Outside, the wind's incomplete unrest 6. Builds and disperses clouds in the sky, 7.
And dark towns heap up on the horizon. None of this cares for us. Nothing shows why 9. At this unique distance from isolation It becomes still more difficult to find Words at once true and kind, Or not untrue and not unkind.
Philip Larkin,line numbers added 1.
Introduction Philip Larkin's Talking in Bed is a poem about isolation, disillusionment and failure, about the gap between expectations and reality, about the ironies of love in the modern world. It is also about the difficulty of telling the truth and being nice at one and the same time.
Compared to other poems by Larkin, such as Church Going and Whitsun Weddings, Talking in Bed seems to have received very little attention, probably because of its superficial simplicity. The present study provides an integrative, bottom-up stylistic analysis of the poem.
The analysis is done in three main steps corresponding to the three main "stylistic levels" of a text: At the level of the poem as form, the study investigates the overall structure of the poem and the grammatical structure of the sentences therein from a rather traditional, pre-functional, point of view.
The different meanings of the major lexical items, the semantics of negation, the instances of anomaly, ambiguity and polysemy and the use of adjectives in the poem are also explored.
These aspects inevitably lead up to the higher and broader level of the poem as discourse.
The discursive aspects investigated in the study, based on Halliday's three metafunctions, are images and isotopies - language, love, and nature; lexical sets, cohesive devices, representation of reality field and transitivity choices - processes, participants and circumstances; demonstratives, pronoun reference, interpersonal relationships tenordeictics and the deictic sub-worlds of the poem.
At a broader level, the study addresses the communicative situation of the poem. This is where the biographical context and generic and other text-external aspects of the poem are explored.
This wider context subsumes ideological as well as historical aspects of the text. It also includes the external tenor, i. It would be a fundamental mistake to think of these three levels or circles as separate or separable. It would be another mistake to think of a bottom-up reading of the poem as the only possible analytical procedure.
The historical and the biographical contexts of the poem inevitably have an impact on its mode, field and tenor. These, in turn, have an impact on its syntax, semantics and pragmatics, not to mention other aspect such as its phonology.
Moreover, the author-reader square is not the end of the story; more and wider circles or squares are of course there. The entire graphic representation is obviously oversimplistic. On the other hand, a deductive analysis of the poem, where the order of the analysis below is reversed, is quite possible see Mazid,for an example.
A deductive reading, however, is more likely to be rather evaluative, if not prejudiced. The poem as form: Structure, syntax and semantics The poem consists of twelve lines, predominantly in the iambic pentameter, divided into three tercets, rhyming aba cac dcd, and a final triplet rhyming eee.
A sense of continuity is maintained at the level of rhyme in the first three stanzas through the recurrence of one rhyming sound in each two successive stanzas - a a a "easiest", "honest" and "unrest" and c c c "silently", "sky" and "why". There are no instances of typographic foregrounding and no significant departures from the typographic norms of English poetry, except for a relatively longer line, 8and two relatively shorter lines, 11 and It is also significant that the fourth stanza is a completion of the complex clause started in the third - "Nothing shows and not unkind.
The 8th line already contains another clause, "None of this cares for us," which partly explains why it is the longest in terms of layout and word-counts.
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