Days (poem)

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"Days" is a short poem (10 lines) by Philip Larkin, written in 1953[1] and included in his 1964 collection The Whitsun Weddings.

It begins with a section of 6 lines, opening

What are days for?

in a mock-contented tone.

The final 4 lines bring a brutal reply

Ah, solving that question
Brings the priest and the doctor
In their long coats
Running over the fields.[2]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dunsby, Jonathan (2004). Making words sing: nineteenth- and twentieth-century song. Cambridge University Press. p. 15. ISBN 978-0-521-83661-6.
  2. ^ Glancy, Ruth F. (2002). Thematic guide to British poetry. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 255. ISBN 978-0-313-31379-0.