The Whitsun Weddings by Philip Larkin

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How would I write a critical appreciation of Larkin's poem "Lines on a Young Lady's Photograph Album"?

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Like most Larkin pieces, there's a lot going on here. Let's start with a quick summary of the action and the conceit. Larkin has been granted permission by a lady he knows well, a lover probably, to finally look at her photo album. He pages through it, innocently at first, making superficial remarks, but he quickly moves on to more significant contemplation.

He explores the nature of photography itself and wonders if his emotional response is tethered to the art form before second-guessing himself and attributing the past to his suddenly complicated response to a simple photo album. He finds himself mourning the younger lady...

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