If I were called in
To construct a religion
I should make use of water.
 
Going to church
Would entail a fording
To dry, different clothes;
 
My liturgy would employ
Images of sousing,
A furious devout drench,
 
And I should raise in the east
A glass of water
Where any-angled light
Would congregate endlessly.

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Mercedes Dembo
over 2 years

The very idea that one could ‘construct a religion’ immediately implies religion to be a mere fabrication – a man made concept. Larkin urges his reader to question their religious beliefs, to see rituals as a struggle to make life tolerable. Perhaps ritual arose from myth.
Larkin is suggesting that religion should perhaps be more transparent, water being pure would be a cleansing force.
In the last stanza the last word imparts flow to the religion as well as coherence and unity while also dealing with another theme: passing, death or transcendence. This last stanza is an image of another cult, the one of the Sun that gives light.

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