"My Parents," by 20th-century British poet Stephen Spender, appears in Spender's 1933 volume Poems. The poem's speaker reflects on his unhappy boyhood. He was born to middle- or upper-class parents who tried to keep him away from "rough boys" (working-class kids), fearing they'd treat him badly. But he couldn't avoid these boys altogether, and their bullying left him with lasting trauma. The poem explores tribalism and the class divide, implicitly questioning whether the speaker's parents took the right approach—or whether, in trying to shelter him, they left him more vulnerable.