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Coming Summary & Analysis
by Philip Larkin

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The British poet Philip Larkin published "Coming" in his 1955 book The Less Deceived. The poem's speaker describes what it's like to watch spring slowly reawaken the surrounding world, as a small songbird stirs in an empty garden and sunlight washes over houses. The poem maintains a melancholy tone throughout, however, especially as the speaker compares the happiness of the coming spring to the superficial joy a child might feel after misinterpreting the forced laughter of two adults who have just finished arguing. This comparison implies that the joys of spring—with all its symbolic connotations of renewal and rebirth—are shallower and less meaningful than people may want to believe.

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