Being Erica

Season 1 Episode 8

This Be The Verse

Aired Monday 9:00 PM Feb 25, 2009 on CBC



  • Trivia

    • The title of this episode is also the title of one of Philip Larkin's most famous and controversial poems, controversial not only for its dark accusation and conclusion, but for the bluntness of the famous four-letter-word used in the opening line. The title of Larkin's poem is itself an allusion to Robert Louis Stevenson's ode to finding a happy "homecoming" in death, Requiem - which is where the title line is taken from ("this be the verse you grave for me"). In the end, Larkin argues that the only escape from the Old Testament's cycle of "visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children" is to simply abstain from the process:

      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