I love this poem. But I did go on to have kids myself. Larkin is wonderfully candid. The Tonic reliable, smooth not like too many kids at clown training school. One appears to be reading. A master in the art of pretend.
Alan Bennett reviews ‘Philip Larkin’ by Andrew Motion · LRB 25 March
My home page Readings index. This Be the Verse. Philip Larkin was an odd sort of person to become a poet. He was a librarian by profession, a very good one according to his colleagues. Privately, however, he was solitary and misanthropic. An atheist, he believed that death was the end of existence, and he wrote several striking poems on that theme.
They tuck you up
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.
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