Depression Expression

I was speaking with a friend the other day about the place of poetry in our lives, which got me thinking about Percy’s thought about how the expression of depression might lead to a reversal of depression (I’ll leave it to Rufus to find us chapter and verse). And in fact the word “expression” actually derives from the Latin “exprimo”, meaning “to press out, force out, squeeze forth”. Which might equally apply to certain scatalogical functions and such fine verse as this:

This Be The Verse

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.

~ Philip Larkin

Not sure if Percy ever read Larkin. Maybe Rufus can dig that up for us as well. As I remarked to my friend, Philip Larkin (or this poem) strikes me as a perfect specimen of mid-century-middle-class-white-guy-possessed-by-Original-Sin-via-Freud type of thinking. Which is not to say there isn’t some truth to it.

Apologies to all the parents out there. Especially mine.


  1. No need to apolige– there’s some truth there and towards the dimming of the day the understanding of generational dysfunction becomes more clear–

  2. apolige = apologize

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