the fruit; for the species use Q14677

Breadfruit (Artocarpus altilis) is a species of flowering tree in the mulberry family, Moraceae originating in the South Pacific and that was eventually spread to the rest of Oceania.

Drawing of breadfruit by John Frederick Miller


  • Boys dream of native girls who bring breadfruit,
    Whatever they are,
    As bribes to teach them how to execute
    Sixteen sexual positions on the sand;
    This makes them join (the boys) the tennis club,
    Jive at the Mecca, use deodorants, and
    On Saturdays squire ex-schoolgirls to the pub
    By private car.

    Such uncorrected visions end in church
    Or registrar:
    A mortgaged semi- with a silver birch;
    Nippers; the widowed mum; having to scheme
    With money; illness; age. So absolute
    Maturity falls, when old men sit and dream
    Of naked native girls who bring breadfruit
    Whatever they are.

    • Philip Larkin, "Breadfruit," in: Neil Powell (1980). Carpenters of Light: Some Contemporary English Poets. p. 100

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