As "England's other Poet Laureate" (he was nominated for the position but turned it down), publicity-shy Philip Larkin provided his readers with approachable yet profound poetry. His famous poem "This Be the Verse" is a satirical look at the often negative effects parents have on their children--"They f*** you up, your mum and dad" is the bold and profane declaration in the first line of the poem. This poem offers an opportunity to explore issues of inheritance, forgiveness, and how man "hands on misery to man."
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Collected Poems, Philip Larkin (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004).