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Philip Larkin's Church Transferring Statistics

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Larkin's "Church Going": A Failed Exploration for Religious Faith Murdoch's artistic and natural beauty critique, known as the Sovereignty of Good and Other Concepts, quotations Plato's belief that "beauty is the sole spiritual thing we all love by intuition." Therefore, beauty is the only spiritual relationship Atheist Philip Larkin attempts in a church. Larkin's poem Church Going, starts as a confessional because he cites how he often stops at random churches, perhaps because he is looking for a place of worship that's beautiful, both obviously and artistically. In other words, in the character of the church he is on the lookout for a hot group of individuals, instead of an uptight group. As for aesthetic beauty, Larkin is looking for truthful religious scriptures and also an aesthetically pleasing setting, not in the sense of luxury windows and gold decorations, but instead an inviting feeling. Larkin begins Church Transferring by confessing his unfamiliarity with church and spiritual practices, and then creates a scenario of a faithless world in which churches are no longer used, which is possible taking into consideration the political dilemmas that happened relating to this poem's publication (1955). Larkin creates a scenario of a religion-free universe as a way to sub-consciously rationalize his uncertainty and worries about his own afterlife, and also to make "good art" while sitting in this church filled with "bad art." Larkin's look for spirituality starts to deteriorate when he realizes that there is not any natural beauty in this particular church. His discomfort is evident in the first stanza of the poem since he explains the church's nature as being clubbed with "a tense, musty, unignorable silence," and common, together with th...

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