International Journal of
English and Literature

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. English Lit.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-2626
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJEL
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 276

Full Length Research Paper

The social animal: A scrutiny of Philip Larkin’s “Wants”

Puja Chakraberty
  • Puja Chakraberty
  • Khulna University of Engineering and Technology, Bangladesh.
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  •  Received: 12 February 2013
  •  Accepted: 15 September 2014
  •  Published: 30 November 2014


A humanistic and analytical approach has been applied to comprehend one important longing that is solitude, hidden at the bottom of the human heart. At heart every person is lonely and likes to be alone. A case has been made for this quaint social creature called the human. He is studied intrinsically to uncover the essential vacuum of his heart. On the other hand, three gloomy and poignant truths such as futility, death and oblivion are earmarked to sketch out the tragic human.

Key words: Humanistic, analytical, comprehend, solitude, quaint, social creature, vacuum, poignant, earmarked.