The Best Written Words For The Worst Shitty Days: Poem “This Be The Verse”

This Be The Verse by Philip Larkin


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.


*It is important to note that these verses were composed in iambic tetrameter!


From the book “High Windows” published by Farrar, Straus & Giroux (c) 1983.

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