wrote Philip Larkin. "They may not mean to, but they do."
He went on to say that children simply inherited their parents' faults and told his readers that they should actually avoid having children.
But unpublished letters from Larkin to his parents Sydney and Eva show that he enjoyed a closer relationship with them than he portrayed in poems such as This Be The Verse.
from Telegraph: Philip Larkin's love for mother and father shown in letters