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The thrust of this poem is self-explanatory - the circularity of life and the fact that what we criticize in other people is what we may ultimately be guilty of ourselves.

Although a gentle poem, there are echoes of the far harsher, more trenchant poem by Philip Larkin 'This be the verse' which begins: "They f*** you up, your mum and dad," and then continues: "But they were f***ed up in their turn." Never was a truer or more tragic word spoken.

by Damaris West

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