WARNING: Contains what some people still refer to rather coyly as 'language'.
Larkin, of course, took his own advice and did 'get out' as quickly as he could and avoided having kids himself. But there's a serious lesson here for those of us, I would argue, more fortunate in our family circumstances. Parenting isn't easy and no matter how experienced we are, we can all slip into bad habits.
The best we parents can hope for, really, is not to f**k our children up.
Have you got a favourite poem for National Poetry Day?