Furthermore, I would like to add to my e-portfolio another activity on the poem called “Home is so Sad”, written by Philip Larkin
Home is so Sad
Home is so sad. It stays as it was left,
Shaped to the comfort of the last to go
As if to win them back. Instead, bereft
Of anyone to please, it withers so,
Having no heart to put aside the theft
And turn again to what it started as,
A joyous shot at how things ought to be,
Long fallen wide. You can see how it was:
Look at the pictures and the cutlery.
The music in the piano stool. That vase.
The fact that the poem starts saying “Home is So Sad”, makes reference to the fact that, for Larkin, they are uncomfortable. This contradicts normal houses, since they should be happy places. In this case they are not cosy, since he is talking about an abandoned house, that need attention from someone: “stays as it was left”. This exposes the fact that an abandoned house has nothing, since it can not be called home. The poet emphasizes this with the words “bereft” and “theft”, in order to express how lonely the house is plus the fact that it lost someone important.
The poet describes a house “with no heart”, since its an inhabited place. So when the ‘heart’ is removed from it, the humanity, the house has lost whatever makes it a ‘home’. So it is now empty. The poet describes that “comfort of the last to go” by presenting a few images of how the house was left, when someone lived there. In order to make this possible he mentions the “pictures” and “cutlery” that the house has from her previous owners.
Through an auditory image, he is also able to portray a familiar sound: “the music in the piano stool”. By presenting this, the poet expresses the memories that the house has about her previous owners. Here the room is personified to a memory, as inanimate objects bring back specific memories no one else can see. The fact that the piano does not have any description at all, emphasizes the fact that only the owners of the room can really picture it, because it was their memory.
So when I was reading the poem, I realized something was missing. I could not understand what it was, but later I had an epiphanic moment. The poem is full of images such as tactile, visual and auditory. So I imagined that I could increase those nostalgic and melancholic emotions about home, by adding the piano music and images to visualize and set to music the magnificent alliterative poetry.
This is the song I chose to musicalize the poem:
I also found this quote which I relate it with the poem, because both talk about it as something that is horrible and sad, that’s the reason we want to leave it. However, when we grow old, it is a place we want to get back to.