Posted by: Admin | August 16, 2010

ADVICE WORTH TAKING…?

Contemplating parental relationships as we were this weekend, this poem by Philip Larkin popped into my head. It always struck me as a howl in the dark, the short, staccato lines and unapologetic obscenity painful to read, made bearable only by the rhythm and rhyme that serve to soften the language and temper the sentiment.

This Be The Verse

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.
  They may not mean to, but they do.
They fill you with the faults they had
  And add some extra, just for you.

But they were fucked up in their turn
  By fools in old-style hats and coats,
Who half the time were soppy-stern
  And half at one another's throats.

Man hands on misery to man.
  It deepens like a coastal shelf.
Get out as early as you can,
  And don't have any kids yourself.





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  1. I love this poem, not sure if its totally true in our case, but very funny!!!


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