The poem concludes with one final line, separated from the preceding quintains. Larkin wrote this piece after a visit to his birthplace of Coventry, England. There is not one consistent pattern of rhyme in this piece.
But Larkin has chosen to couple up lines and utilize alliteration to make connections. You can read the full poem here. The poem begins with the speaker and his friend arriving, briefly, in Coventry. They are on their way somewhere else and are stopped at the platform. This fact does not surprise him as Coventry was never really a home to him.
He has in his mind an idealized version of what childhood should be. He also knows his childhood did not match up with his own experience.
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The speaker did not have close family friends, spend happy hours in the garden or have his written work recognized by someone of marginal importance. The first stanza of this piece starts midway through a trip. The tracks diverges in someway from that which is his usual choice. It has clearly been a while since he visited and his initial thoughts are mixed.
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The season is cold, the year has just started and the glimpses the speaker gets of Coventry are brief. The train only stops long enough for the old passengers to disembark and the new to climb onboard. At first the speaker seems excited by his sudden and unexpected arrival in his hometown. A place-name or some evidence that he could navigate the streets.
His searching serves a double purpose. The speaker does not feel an instinctual connection to Coventry and is looking for the city to provide it for him. In the moments he is able to look out the window, nothing is made clear.
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The speaker poses a question of his listener. At this point the train whistle blows and they are moving again. His glimpse of his home is over and the speaker is returned to the train car. The friend looks at him and smilies. The speaker has a reply in mind for his friend but keeps it to himself. By the time the train has made progress away from the station at Coventry, the speaker has brought to mind memories of his home. Mixtapes Forums Lyrics Artists add Journals.
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Read More Edit Wiki. I'd never wish any of this on anyone or anything Aw come on, you gotta try and look at things like me I never needed anything I got, I never keep anything I have, what do I have? Mostly things that'll never last Then I think back I remember when I first saw the country I remember sleeping in the van Said goodbye to friends and family cause they could never understand.
I remember jumping off of cliff tops I remember playing with no one there Yeah I knew if I became successful it wouldn't change who I am cause where I've been 'Cause where I've been They wonder why I hide myself from everyone, from everything, man come on You wouldn't last a day as me Everyone loves me for my past, but they always hate me in the present Why can't you just meet me somewhere in the middle? It's in the hardest times we grow the most I remember when I first saw the country I remember sleeping in the van Said goodbye to friends and family cause they could never understand I remember jumping off of cliff tops I remember playing with no one there Yeah I knew if I became successful it wouldn't change who I am cause where I've been 'Cause where I've been.
Speeding up, to slow down Side glances around this crowd all at me There must be something I can't see, so tell me Hold me up, help me out As I circle around what makes me happy There isn't one place that I can be without leaving This is my life I remember when I first saw the country I remember sleeping in the van Said goodbye to friends and family, they could never understand They don't understand They don't understand I remember jumping off of cliff tops I remember playing with no one there Yeah I knew if I became successful it wouldn't change who I am I remember the coast of California I remember trucks stops cross the land Never kept too many idols cause we were busy being them I remember waking up in Georgia.
I remember quitting my last job Yeah I knew if I became successful it wouldn't change who I was, where I've been Cause where I've been.
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Add your thoughts 1 Comment. General Comment I love the line "It's in the hardest times we grow the most. Classic ADTR.