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Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings

18. Talking in Bed

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In this module, we discuss 'Talking in Bed', the seventeenth poem in Larkin's 'Whitsun Weddings'.


In this course, we explore Philip Larkin’s 1964 collection of poetry, ‘The Whitsun Weddings’. Having introduced Larkin and his poetry in the first module, we then go through each poem in turn, reading it aloud and providing an in-depth, line-by-line analysis. The final module offers some concluding thoughts on the collection as a whole.


John McRae is Special Professor of Language in Literature Studies and Teaching Associate in the School of English at Nottingham University, and holds Visiting Professorships in China, Malaysia, Spain and the USA. He is co-author of The Routledge History of Literature in English with Ron Carter, and also wrote The Language of Poetry, Literature with a Small 'l' and the first critical edition of Teleny by Oscar Wilde and others.

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McRae, J. (2018, August 15). Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings - Talking in Bed [Video]. MASSOLIT.

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McRae, J. "Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings – Talking in Bed." MASSOLIT, uploaded by MASSOLIT, 15 Aug 2018,