The Whitsun Weddings

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The Whitsun Weddings
First edition
AuthorPhilip Larkin
CountryUnited Kingdom
PublisherFaber and Faber
Published in English
Preceded byThe Less Deceived 
Followed byHigh Windows 

The Whitsun Weddings is a collection of 32 poems by Philip Larkin. It was first published by 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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