This Be The Verse

With apologies for the language.

And this will be the last poem, for a while……

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 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 anothers’ 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.

Philip Larkin

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2 Responses to “This Be The Verse”


  1. 1 doug January 26, 2009 at 4:50 pm

    nomindseye.wordpress.com

  2. 2 pastelprincess April 23, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I love this poem. I was just talking to my English prof about it the other day.


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