The Movement poets of the 1950s in England pushed back against the many experimentations of the Modernist poets of the earlier part of the twentieth century. Modernist poetry, such as that by T. S. Eliot and Ezra Pound, was often highly allusive (therefore aimed at an educated reader) and difficult to understand. In contrast, the Movement poets wrote in simple language and in a traditional style that was easily accessible to the average person.
Larkin is a Movement poet in his use of simple language wedded to commentary about contemporary life in post-World War II Britain. For example, in his poem "Church Going," he focuses on the loss of religious faith in the everyday life of ordinary British folk of his period. He uses plain language as his speaker states he is:
When churches fall completely out of use
What we shall turn them into if we shall keep
A few cathedrals chronically on show
Their parchment plate and pyx in locked cases
Yet Larkin, a good Movement poet, also uses traditional poetic devices, such as alliteration (which is when words that begin with the same consonant are placed in close proximity). Words such "cathedrals chronically" and "parchment," "plate," and "pyx" create a pleasing and old-fashioned sense of rhythm.