The article discusses the poem "Toads" by Philip Larkin and argues that it reveals a deep fear of change in the poet. Critical reaction to the poem is examined, and Larkin's use of syntax and rhetoric is explored. The author's assertion that Larkin's fear of change was related to his political conservatism is also touched on.
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Boone, N. S. (2005). Larkin's "Toads". Explicator, 64 (1), 52-54. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00144940509604815