The story behind the poem
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
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
by Damaris West
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