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Introduction

In the poem "This be the Verse" written by Phillip Larkin around 1971, Philip Larkin uses many literary features such as imagery, simile, metaphor etc and carefully planned poetic structure to create an atmosphere in which his past experiences as a youth is transferred to the innocent of the present. In the first stanza, Larkin starts off the poem by using a common coarse language through out his poems. "They F*** you up, your mum and dad" is a reflection of his resentment and anger at his youth. Due to the fact that Larkin's youth and history has influenced his poems, his poetic diction varies accordingly. For example, in the second line, the word "may" delivers a sense of uncertainty as though he was uncertain whether the intentions of the parents were intentional of unintentional. Furthermore, it acts as a catalyst that shifts the tone of the poem from a livid and irritated tone, from the recurring "f's," to a calm and uncertain tone. ...read more.

Middle

"Soppy" and "Stern" are very related as shown through the dash between the words. In the British language, "soppy" means lacking spirit and common sense. Referring back to the first stanza line 2, the uncertainty but go-ahead "may not mean to, but they do" "soppy" is used in the second stanza to emphasize the uncertainty that the parents face. "Stern," also in line 3, means serious, unrelenting and strict. This word portrays an image where, referring to the first stanza line 3 where the child can be seen as an empty "vessel," where the child has no freedom and choice because it is an "inanimate object." In line 4, "Half at one another's throat" is a connotation for savagery and also an imagery that depicts what life will be like for the child after the faults have been filled. It can also be seen as a comment about the deterioration of love between the parents and the children after the children have become more corrupted and angry at their parents. ...read more.

Conclusion

In line 3 and 4 "Get out as early as ?you can" and "don't have any kids yourself." Larkin is implying for us to merely accept and believe that our parents are "f****** you up (first stanza line 1)" who also "fill us with the faults they had" (first stanza line 3) and added "some extra (first stanza line 4)."In line 4, it further emphasizes that it is best if we "don't have any kids yourself." Doing this however is ironic because it would be a quality characterized as selflessness, a quality not often associated with Larkin. Philip Larkin wrote this poem during the 1971, after a sexual revolution, his poems are written in a coarse language sexually. Furthermore, he was not married and didn't experience all the aspects of life fully. Through his life experiences and his literary genius, Philip Larkin has successfully used literary terms and specific poetic structure to create an atmosphere, which describes the dreadful process of growing up. ...read more.

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