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  1. Mr Bleaney Objective: to explore how Larkin uses language to create a character’s mood or attitude

  2. Mr Bleaney This was Mr Bleaney's room. He stayed The whole time he was at the Bodies, till They moved him. Flowered curtains, thin and frayed, Fall to within five inches of the sill, Whose window shows a strip of building land? Tussocky, littered. 'Mr Bleaney took My bit of garden properly in hand' Bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb, no hook Behind the door, no room for books or bags - 'I'll take it. So it happens that I lie Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags On the same saucer-souvenir, and try Stuffing my ears with cotton-wool, to drown The jabbering set he egged her on to buy. I know his habits - what time he came down, His preference for sauce to gravy, why He kept on plugging at the four aways - Likewise their yearly frame: the Frinton folk Who put him up for summer holidays, And Christmas at his sister's house in Stoke. But if he stood and watched the frigid wind Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed Telling himself that this was home, and grinned, And shivered, without shaking off the dread That how we live measures our own nature, And at his age having no more to show Than one hired box should make him pretty sure He warranted no better, I don't know.

  3. Mr Bleaney This was Mr Bleaney's room. He stayed The whole time he was at the Bodies, till They moved him. Flowered curtains, thin and frayed, Fall to within five inches of the sill, Whose window shows a strip of building land? Tussocky, littered. 'Mr Bleaney took My bit of garden properly in hand'

  4. Bed, upright chair, sixty-watt bulb, no hook Behind the door, no room for books or bags - “I'll take it.”

  5. So it happens that I lie Where Mr Bleaney lay, and stub my fags On the same saucer-souvenir, and try Stuffing my ears with cotton-wool, to drown The jabbering set jabbering set he egged her on to buy.

  6. I know his habits - what time he came down, His preference for sauce to gravy, why He kept on plugging at the four aways - Likewise their yearly frame: the Frinton folk Who put him up for summer holidays, And Christmas at his sister's house in Stoke.

  7. But if he stood and watched the frigid wind Tousling the clouds, lay on the fusty bed Telling himself that this was home, and grinned, And shivered, without shaking off the dread That how we live measures our own nature, And at his age having no more to show Than one hired box should make him pretty sure He warranted no better, I don't know.

  8. The Final Stanzas In the final two stanzas the speaker shows his own terror in realising he has the same existence as Bleaney. Larkin often raises some moral or philiosphical issue at the end of his poems – and often ends on a point of uncertainty. Larkin ends this poem “I don’t know” Larkin uses pathetic fallacy (“the frigid wind tousling the clouds”) to covey the sense of anxiety and dread that the speaker feels. The speaker wonders if Bleaney lay on the “fusty” bed trying to convince himself that the rented room was actually his home – but can only smile nervously at the horror of a life he has no control over. “how we live measures our own nature” terrifies the speaker as he begins to understand that, like Bleaney, he deserved no more than “one hired box”. Perhaps Larkin suggests that the speaker hopes that – by being conscious of his situation – he is not like Bleaney. But – ultimately – does that make it any better?

  9. With a partner: What techniques does Larkin use to create the character of the speaker? What is the speaker’s attitude in this poem (develop your point)? 10 minutes to do this & then feed back to class

  10. Explain how Larkin conveys a the attitude of the speaker in Mr Bleaney. • Write about: • How Larkin creates a portrait of Mr Bleaney • How he uses the description of the room and Bleaney’s habits to define the speaker • The effect the poet wants to make with the final two stanzas • What the attitude of the speaker towards Mr Bleaney’s life (and his own) is Larkin establishes the persona of the speaker of the poem through a “knowing” voice that compares himself with the character of Mr Bleaney. Bleaney, a former occupant of the rented room where the speaker now lives, is depicted as a solitary working man without immediate family who spends his time smoking in his room, attempting to tend to the garden and gambling. Larkin evokes Mr Bleaney almost like a ghostly presence through prescisely-chosen details. Bleaney’s room defined him: “flowered curtains…” etc.