The dissertation aims at studying Philip Larkin’s poetry as trapped between Modernism and Postmodernism, hence, before studying Larkin’s poetry it will be necessary to discuss what Modernism and Postmodernism are. It will also be fruitful to study the socio – cultural conditions of the early and the later 20th century English history, broadly defined as the Modern and the Postmodern era respectively. In addition, it will be most appropriate to discuss the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism – how Modernism and Postmodernism are related to each other and how Postmodernism grows from Modernism. Larkin’s poetry embodies the transition from Modernism to Postmodernism. Larkin grew to manhood in the era of Modernism and unconsciously, rather than with conscious effort, drew towards postmodern directions. His poetic career also, which begins under modernist influence, matures towards postmodern directions. Thus, Larkin’s poetry, belonging mainly to the period of shift from Modernism to Postmodernism, reflects, from time to time, modern as well as postmodern tendencies. The subject of the present research is selected on the basis of the above stated hypothesis. Out of six chapters building up the argument, the present chapter will discuss Modernism and Postmodernism, especially as prevalent in the modern and the postmodern eras of English history. It will attempt to justify the assumption that Postmodernism grows from Modernism. It will also attempt a comparative analysis of Modernism and Postmodernism.

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