Larkin, Philip. "Water".
- the speaker announces he would construct a religion out of water
- develops his argument in terms of "ford" making, "sousing", and "drenching" which are applicable both to the quality of water and to the quality of involvement with religion
- concludes he would fill a glass of water to make "any-angled light" assemble there forever
- regular poetic line and stanza, unrhymed
- paradox: the idea of creating something to be firm (religion) out of something very changeable (water)
- culmination of the idea in the convincing concluding image of the glass of water
AuthorLarkin, Philip. (1922 - 1985).
First PublishedIn: The Whitsun Weddings. London: Faber and Faber, 1964.
Larkin, Philip. "Water". The Whitsun Weddings. (1964). In: Collected Poems. (1988). London: Faber and Faber, 2003.