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Larkin, Philip: E vers legyen (This Be The Verse in Hungarian)

Portre of Larkin, Philip

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This Be The Verse (English)

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.

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E vers legyen (Hungarian)

Elkúrt a jó mamád s papád.

     Még akkor is, ha nem direkt.

Belédrakták az őshibát,

     Még rá is tettek, csak neked.


De őket is elkúrta volt

     Két fűzős-frakkos vén szamár;

Hol érzelegve szónokolt,

     Hol egymást tépte szét a pár.


Miránk hagyják elődeink

     A kínt, mely egyre öblösebb.

Szállj ki, ha nem késő megint,

     S te már ne gyártsál kölyköket.

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