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It begins with a section of 6 lines, opening
- What are days for?
- This is typical of Larkinist approach to life. All that has been compacted by Larkin in short lines is that time is passing. Days can also suggest being imprisoned in life. There is no such thing like timelessness, and sense of being entrapped in time is also there.Larkin is basically contemplating the meaning of life. While giving the reference of doctor and priest, he drops this hint that even sciene or religion cannot solve the mystery of life.
- He has used brilliantly visual imagery.
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.
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