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Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits is the ironic difference b
Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits is the ironic difference b
Philip Larkin's A Study of Reading Habits, is the ironic difference between slang and formal language. The formal language in the title, implies the poem is about a research paper, possibly about drawing conclusions of people's reading habits. Instead, the poem is the confession of one man whose attitudes toward reading have slowly diminished to the point where books are nothing but a load of crap (543). The poem is not about the man's reading habits, but the reality of his life. The poem i