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Afternoons

This poem is an example of Larkin’s acute observation and insight.  (The basis of much good writing and especially poetry: closely looking (listening etc), noting and reflecting on a scene.)  

Here is a annotated version of the poem to show how one might get one’s thoughts down on paper fairly quickly before further discussion and certainly before any formal writing.  The poem is widely available on the internet, including versions read by Larkin so I don’t think copyright is likely to be a problem. 

Afternoons

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