Philip Larkin and DeprivationWatch this thread
Does anyone know any poems which show political deprivation (neglect from authorities etc) or deprivation in the workplace?
Tbh there's not actually that much about ineffective government in The Whitsun Weddings, which is in a way the ultimate form of political deprivation; there's no sense anywhere of an organising, human presence sorting things out. Instead, society seems very listless and lost. It is this form of deprivation (a deprivation of purpose, a deprivation of drive, a deprivation of empathy) that comes through most strongly in The Whitsun Weddings and which is more interesting to talk about, in my opinion, than scrabbling around for examples of political deprivation.