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Autobiography with an Air-Station by Philip Larkin Progress is at the eye of the beholder. Throughout the years society has compelled character from its own life and has instead embraced a brand new mechanical and industrialized way of life. Technology might be deemed as progress by some, where it's considered as a positive improvement for mankind. Yet technology is also a deterrent for society, by imposing itself on society and draining the meaning from life. In "Autobiography at an Air-Station," Philip Larkin communicates his distaste of how society has denounced nature. By applying an ironic tone in the sonnet, Larkin comments on the importance of the sonnet regarding industrial life. Life has become ironic because it is no longer a pure life that society leads, but a life that is manufactured. Throughout his use of rhyme and meter, the protracted metaphor comparing the air-station to life, imagery, and diction, Larkin reflects what life has come to be: a deviation from the inherent. The ironic usage of rhyme and meter, or the absence thereof, is among those devices Larkin uses to highlight his need to break from industrial society. The typical rhyme scheme is not followed, but rather an ironic rhyme scheme is used from the sonnet in the form of abab cdcd efg efg. Larkin writes this poem for a sonnet but in precisely the same time diverges from what a normal sonnet is assumed to be. He is commenting on society's inclination to form restrictions on people inside. By writing out of the accepted type of a sonnet, his writing becomes much more natural because of a lack of limitations because of following certain rules and fitting a particular form. He breaks free and writes because he pleases and doesn't conform to society. Just as with the thought,.