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Old 11-28-2009, 11:52 PM
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Of for heaven's sake, psychoanalysis is a complicated subject. I didn't mean to promulgate anything but I'll state as a fact that parent blaming was a huge aspect of my experience of psychoanalysis. Incorrect or not, the Freudian obsession with parental influence, the Oedipus complex, etc., weasled into the culture at large. Larkin was writing at a high point in the popularity of analysis and his mockery is spot on. That's the subject. Larkin. The poem. The matrix in which the poem was written.
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:18 PM
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Wot she said
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Old 11-30-2009, 03:06 PM
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I like what Kate's written, too--hadn't thought about the poem as a response to the prevailing Freudian psychobabble of the time, but that fits perfectly!

Still, that admission doesn't detract from my God-given right to make a fool of myself in public by misinterpreting any poem any way I please. (Although I can't quite believe no one else sees a "Don't think you're any better than they were" vibe underlying the humor. Grumble. But I'll leave it there.)
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Old 11-30-2009, 11:00 PM
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Oh, yeah, I see that too: "don't have kids because someday you'll be the one wearing quaint outfits in the photo albums while your grown kids are mucking about and malingering and all effed up!"
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We are all f**ked up by our parents. It is just a question of degree.
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