23 February 2009

Words: Larkin about

Thought this might follow on nicely from the last post.
Plus I love a bit of Larkin.
One bit of English Lit I actually liked.

[Disclaimer: my mum and dad didn't really fuck me up.
I just made that up for effect.]

Philip Larkin, 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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