‘dockery and son’ is a reflective, pensive and uncertain poem in which larkin produces a sense of life drifting away and considers “how much had gone of life, / how widely from the others” although it cannot be assumed that the narrator is larkin, the tone, ideas and reflections in the poem.
Philip larkin was born in coventry, england in 1922 he earned his ba from st john’s college, oxford, where he befriended novelist and poet kinglsey amis and finished with first class honors in english.
From the whitsun weddings] my choice of ‘poem of the month’ wavered for a while between philip larkin’s ‘church going’ and his ‘an  read more 0. For dockery a son, for me nothing, nothing with all a son's harsh patronage life is first boredom, then fear whether or not we use it, it goes, top poems list all more by philip larkin.
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The title poem of larkin’s third major volume of poems, ‘the whitsun weddings‘ is a long poem in larkin terms it describes a train journey from hull down to london on whitsun weekend it describes a train journey from hull down to london on whitsun weekend. In the poem dockery and son philip larkin steps back and takes a look at his life, and his achievements, mainly running along the theme of his obvious lack of offspring throughout this poem larkin presents the contrast of this man dockery and the obvious presence of his son against larkin’s lack thereof.
Larkin minced no words in his discussions of children he condemns them as ‘awful’ and expresses his gratitude that ‘i’ve never lived in hideous contact with them the nearer you are to being born, the worse you are’ (fr 48.
From collected poems (1988)] i suspect that like most larkin aficionados of my generation, i first came across philip larkin’s poetry when i was  read more load more.