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What does "time and time over" mean ? I encountered this verse in a Philip Larkin poem.

they come, they wake us time and time over.

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The meaning is more obvious if the quote is taken in context. The first four lines of Days, by Philip Larkin are:

What are days for?
Days are where we live.
They come, they wake us
Time and time over.

Plainly, the third line's "They come" refers to the series of days we live, day after day. "They wake us / Time and time over" refers to people waking, morning after morning; it is stated as if mornings actively awaken us.

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thank you for your help! – Melusine Jul 22 '12 at 15:55

It is synonymous with time and time again, meaning that they came (to) wake us repeatedly:


5b : once more : again

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Do you have some reference? I'm not so sure on the meaning of "over" in this context. – user19148 Jul 22 '12 at 15:21
@Carlo_R. yes; please see my edit. – cornbread ninja 麵包忍者 Jul 22 '12 at 15:25
Thank you. +1 -- – user19148 Jul 22 '12 at 15:27
thank you, it was helpful ! – Melusine Jul 22 '12 at 15:55

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