The Whitsun Weddings

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The Whitsun Weddings
First edition
Author Philip Larkin
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Genre Poetry
Publisher Faber and Farber
Published in English
Preceded by The Less Deceived
Followed by High Windows

The Whitsun Weddings is a collection of 32 poems by Philip Larkin. It was first published by Faber and Faber in the United Kingdom on 28 February 1964. It was a commercial success, by the standards of poetry publication, with the first 4,000 copies being sold within two months. A United States edition appeared some seven months later.

It contains many of Larkin's best known poems, such as 'The Whitsun Weddings', 'Days', 'Mr Bleaney', 'MCMXIV', and 'An Arundel Tomb'.


  • Here
  • Mr Bleaney
  • Nothing To Be Said
  • Love Songs in Age
  • Naturally the Foundation will Bear Your Expenses
  • Broadcast
  • Faith Healing
  • For Sidney Bechet
  • Home is so Sad
  • Toads Revisited
  • Water
  • The Whitsun Weddings
  • Self's the Man
  • Take One Home for the Kiddies
  • Days
  • Talking in Bed
  • The Large Cool Store
  • A Study of Reading Habits
  • As Bad as a Mile
  • Ambulances
  • The Importance of Elsewhere
  • Sunny Prestatyn
  • First Sight
  • Dockery and Son
  • Ignorance
  • Reference Back
  • Wild Oats
  • Essential Beauty
  • Send No Money
  • Afternoons
  • An Arundel Tomb

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