Philip Larkin: The Whitsun Weddings: Comprehensive Guide for AS/A Level WJEC (Wales) and Eduqas

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  • Eduqas A Level

Delve into the penetrating truths of everyday life with Larkin’s observant and honest poetry collection. From matters of marriage to points on parenting, this comprehensive and in-depth guide ensures thorough understanding of the collection’s universal and poignant themes.

Engage your students!


  • debate prompts
  • active learning tasks
  • practice essay questions

Tackles the key stages of text analysis:

  1. Walk-through
    Thorough section-by-section commentary walks students through each poem
  2. Drawing it all together
    In-depth discussion of whole collection focuses on: language, structure, form, context, themes and critical reception
  3. Indicative content
    Supports teaching by ensuring all key areas are covered


  • Glossary of key terms
  • Further reading suggestions
  • Comparative notes on Carol Ann Duffy’s Mean Time
  • Excellent. Saved hours of prep time and pitched at just the right level. Very thorough analysis notes, and background information was excellent. Use of critical quotes also very valuable. M Macmillan, English Teacher and Satisfied Customer (from previous edition)
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7169)
'A very thorough explanation of all the poems in the collection with useful critical reception/contextual information... The tasks are interesting and varied... It goes into detail on all the poems and engages with the complexities and subtleties and contradictions of Larkins work... Very unusual to find this depth and breadth of support!' K Baty, Customer, Head of English and Independent Reviewer