In the poem "The Trees" by Philip Larkin, what do the "rings of grain" show?

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Spring is arriving when the poem opens, which we know because the "trees are coming into leaf" and their "recent buds relax and spread." There is a sense of newness and rebirth, when everything turns green again after winter ends. However, the speaker says that the trees's "greenness is a kind of grief." Perhaps this grief originates from our perception that the trees "are born again," over and over, while we simply "grow old." However, the speaker rejects this idea, insisting that the trees "die too"; they only perform a "yearly trick" where they seem new again, but evidence of this trick is "written down in rings of grain." Therefore, the trees's life cycle, their process of aging, is not visible to us but is recorded in the rings the tree creates within itself: the result of its periods of dormancy followed by periods of growth. The "rings of grain,"...

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