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Church Going

Church Going

by Philip Larkin

Church Going Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. What is the overall impression of organized religion that this poem gives you? Why do you feel that way?
  2. According to the speaker of the poem, what are some of the differences between religion and superstition?
  3. How does the meter and rhyme scheme contribute to the themes that Larkin explores in the poem? (Hint: Check out "Form and Meter" for more on this.)
  4. Why do you think Larkin title this poem "Church Going"? 
  5. Why does the speaker focus so much on the physical aspects of the church (i.e., the building itself and the "stuff" inside it)? 
  6. How does that natural world figure in here? How might nature relate to religion in this poem?

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