March 08, 2005

Philip Larkin

Last night I was introducted to Philip Larkin, and I am grateful for it. Searching for his poems this morning, I stumbled across this one, which makes such perfect sense that I now worship this man:

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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16 comments:

Leela said...

Wise words, indeed.

Pleomorphous said...

Wonder if he had children...

Anonymous said...

"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."

ZIZAGLY! Larkin is indeed phenomenal. Am gonna take his advice seriously and make sure my kids have a normal set of parents--someone else of course. Siring them and having them are two different things, no? :))

Cheers to the Larkin.
-- Heretic

Anonymous said...

Lucky you to have just found him. Happy Larkin around!

Anita

Anonymous said...

Lucky you to have just found him. Happy Larkin around!

Anita

First Rain said...

A poem called Aubade; about death!

Thanks!

Rash said...

I used to LOVE that poem in college. at that time I thought it was super cool and rebellious :)

Anonymous said...

Well said! :))

And what was that about the read meet again? :P You going??

--Apple

OrangeCloud said...

I think it's rhymed bull-shit.

manuscrypts said...

inverted triangle, 'hum do, hamare do'.. all gone

an orange said...

That is great; thanks for introducing us to it.

SPECKLED_BAND said...

Welcome to the Larkin Club! Grew up on him...

Anonymous said...

haha...too true!! bips

Deepak said...

As much as I love this, I couldn't help ponder... that if Mr. Larkin's parents were blessed with same astute intellect as him, he wouldn't be there :-)

Anonymous said...

@Deepak: I thought only grandparents made that kind of statements. Alas! hope you're feeling fine!

Inky

Deepak said...

I thik I was fine. Wait a minute while I go check myself in the mirror...