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Days Analysis

Author: poem of Philip Larkin Type: poem Views: 4

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What are days for?

Days are where we live.

They come, they wake us

Time and time over.

They are to be happy in:

Where can we live but days?

Ah, solving that question

Brings the priest and the doctor

In their long coats

Running over the fields.


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The image of the priest and the doctor running (over the fields) conveys to me them being in a haste to be present when one is ill or one needs spiritual guidance. This image of they running over the fields at the same time suggests that they are prey to self deception in thinking that they have an important duty to perform. In reality we have nothing else but a few hours every day after waking up when things happen to us. To me this poem has a strongly atheistic message.

| Posted on 2016-01-26 | by a guest

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The priest and Doctor representing Religion/Spirituality and Science respectively seem to be running a futile race to perhaps merely postpone the inevitable (death) or to find answers when the answer really is : Where can we live but days? Nowhere.

| Posted on 2013-09-25 | by a guest

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It tells us about the unchanging facts of sickness and death.

| Posted on 2012-12-12 | by a guest

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The first thing that struck me about the poem is its very direct style. To me, it is a meditation of sorts on the reason behind our existence or lives on earth. The reference to the priest and the doctor highlights the theological/philosophical and secular/scientific responses respectively to the question of existence. To broach such a profound question, Larkin, in a rather paradoxical way, uses quite simple, even childish language.

| Posted on 2010-12-03 | by a guest

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