Selected Poems (Everyman's Library)



[Read] ➲ Selected Poems (Everyman's Library) ➮ D.H. Lawrence – E17streets4all.co.uk A completely new selection of D H Lawrence s poetry Published as part of a series of new editions of D H Lawrence s works, this major collection presents the fullest range of the author s poetry avail A completely new selection of D H Lawrence s poetry Published as part of a series of new editions of D H Lawrence s works, this major collection presents the fullest range of the author s poetry available today Selected by prize winning poet and scholar James Fenton, these lush, evocative poems offer a direct link to the genius of one of the twentieth century s most provocative writers.Selected Poems (Everyman's Library)

David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation In them, Lawrence confronts issues relating to emotional health and vitality, spontaneity, human sexuality and instinctLawrence s opinions earned him many enemies and he endured official persecution, censorship, and misrepresentation of his creative work throughout the second half of his life, much of which he spent in a voluntary exile he called his savage pilgrimage At the time of his death, his public reputation was that of a pornographer who had wasted his considerable talents E M Forster, in an obituary notice, challenged this widely held view, describing him as the greatest imaginative novelist of our generation Later, the influential Cambridge critic F R Leavis championed both his artistic integrity and his moral seriousness, placing much of Lawrence s fiction within the canonical great tradition of the English novel He is now generally valued as a visionary thinker and a significant representative of modernism in English literaturetp enpedia wiki DHLaw.

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  • Paperback
  • 336 pages
  • Selected Poems (Everyman's Library)
  • D.H. Lawrence
  • English
  • 24 January 2018
  • 0460871293

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  1. says:

    Poetry I doubt that any of you are deliberating over whether or not to buy this poetry collection from 1966, but in case you are, or, like me, you found it on your bookshelf and decided to read it, here s what s what.First off, this is the first volume of Lawrence s poetry I ve read Prior to this, I only knew him from Figs, which is not in this collection, and I was prepared not to like him Because you hear things about D.H Lawrence, like he hates women, or he s preoccupied with sex, that Poetry I doubt that any of you are deliberating over whether or not to buy this poetry collection from 1966, but in case you are, or, like me, you found it on your bookshelf and decided to read it, here s what s what.First off, this is the first volume of Lawrence s poetry I ve read Prior to this, I only knew him from Figs, which is not in this collection, and I was prepared not to like him Because you hear things about D.H Lawrence, like he hates women, or he s preoccupied with sex, that sort of thing And it s true that occasionally those things intersect with dickbag like accuracy I Wish I Knew A WomanI wish I knew a womanwho was like a red fire on the hearthglowing after the day s restless draughts.So that one could draw near herin the red stillness of the duskand really take delight in herwithout having to make the polite effort of loving heror the mental effort of making her acquaintance.Without having to take a chill, talking to her.Well said, David Herbert Because isn t that what we all want A woman to warm us without having to deal with her feelings, or listen to her talk Just a hot, silent, willing female body, open as a fire grate.But, surprisingly, Lawrence also wrote quote a few poems from the perspective of women And when he s not suggesting women shut up and open their legs, he writes some pretty sexy stuff So I found a lot to like in this volume, like Wedding Morn, After the Opera, Snake, Humming Bird, and The Elephant is Slow to Mate Because, oh yes, Lawrence s preoccupation with sex does not stop at the human, no He s also interested in tortoise sex, and elephant sex, and whale sex As one is I have now written myself into a corner because when I say I liked his poems about nature, you will immediately wonder if that includes the one with the whale phallus Yes, I m afraid so His nature poems have a peaceful rhythm to them, and I like the keen way he looks at animals, or trees, or the huntsman coming home to his wife With his hand he turns my face to himAnd caresses me with his fingers that still smell grimOf rabbit s fur God, I am caught in a snare I know not what fine wire is round my throat I only know I let him finger thereMy pulse of life, and let him nose like a stoatWho sniffs with joy before he drinks the blood.That s one of his poems from the female perspective The same hunting imagery that isn t that remarkable in the beginning of the poem when it s about actual hunting becomes hot and powerful when applied to sex.So I think I could find quite a lot to like about Lawrence, as long as I ignore his dickbag tendencies I want to say his earlier work appealsto me, but I can t really tell because this collection is organized so poorly.And so we reach my review of the collection Edited by Kenneth Rexroth, with an introduction by Kenneth Rexroth Rexroth, Rexroth, Rexroth His fawning introduction is all but useless for the common reader There s a lot of speculation about what Lawrence did or did not know, read, study, feel It didn t make me at all enthused about reading Lawrence s poetry despite the fact that Rexroth clearly believed Lawrence to be the best poet of his generation Rexroth Only Yeats stands up against Lawrence All I got out of it was the sense that Rexroth really wanted to make out with D.H The collection itself is not great to look at The poems are arranged one after the other, no white space at the end of a poem, sometimes two or three to a page No dates No index There is a timeline of D.H Lawrence s life, but that would have beenmeaningful if I knew when each poem was written.Three stars for the poetry Two stars for the collection

  2. says:

    Many of these poems were too sexual for my tastes in poetry, but I suppose I should have expected that from the author of Lady Chatterly s Lover There were quite a few poems with themes of death, oblivion and humanity, which I mostly enjoyed, but I wasn t a fan of the tortoise sex and elephant sex and whale sex.

  3. says:

    My first book by LawrenceQuite naturally some poems I enjoyedthan others One of my favourite is Fish and I was very glad when I found on YouTube, Andrew Scott reading a fragment of this poem I absolutely love his voice Here it is Andrew Scott reads Fish To be a fish So utterly without misgivingTo be a fishIn the waters Loveless, and so lively Born before God was love,Or life knew loving.Beautifully beforehand with it all Admitted, they swarm in companies,Fishes.They drive in shoal My first book by LawrenceQuite naturally some poems I enjoyedthan others One of my favourite is Fish and I was very glad when I found on YouTube, Andrew Scott reading a fragment of this poem I absolutely love his voice Here it is Andrew Scott reads Fish To be a fish So utterly without misgivingTo be a fishIn the waters Loveless, and so lively Born before God was love,Or life knew loving.Beautifully beforehand with it all Admitted, they swarm in companies,Fishes.They drive in shoals.But soundless, and out of contact.They exchange no word, no spasm, not even anger.Not one touch.Many suspended together, forever apart.Each one alone with the waters, upon one wave with the rest A magnetism in the water between them only I saw a water serpent swim across the Anapo,And I said to my heart, look, look at him With his head up, steering like a bird He s a rare one, but he belongs But sitting in a boat on the Zeller lakeAnd watching the fishes in the breathing watersLift and swim and go their way I said to my heart, who are these And my heart couldn t own them A slim young pike, with smart finsAnd grey striped suit, a young cub of a pikeSlouching along away below, half out of sight,Like a lout on an obscure pavement Aha, there s somebody in the know But watching closerThat motionless deadly motion,That unnatural barrel body, that long ghoul nose, I left off hailing him I had made a mistake, I didn t know him,This grey, monotonous soul in the water,This intense individual in shadow,Fish alive I didn t know his God,I didn t know his God Which is perhaps the last admission that life has to wring out of us I saw, dimly,Once a big pike rush.And small fish fly like splinters.And I said to my heart, there are limitsTo you, my heart And to the one God.Fish are beyond me Other GodsBeyond my range gods beyond my GodThey are beyond me, are fishes.I stand at the pale of my beingAnd look beyond, and seeFish, in the outerwards,As one stands on a bank and looks in.I have waited with a long rodAnd suddenly pulled a gold and greenish, lucent fish from below,And had him fly like a halo round my head,Lunging in the air on the line Unhooked his gorping, water horny mouth.And seen his horror tilted eye,His red gold, water precious, mirror flat bright eye And felt him beat in my hand, with his mucous, leaping life throb And my heart accused itselfThinking I am not the measure of creation.This is beyond me, this fish.His God stands outside my God And the goId and green pure lacquer mucus comes off in my hand.And the red gold mirror eye stares and dies,And the water suave contour dims But not before I have had to knowHe was born in front of my sunrise.Before my day He outstarts me.And I, a many fingered horror of daylight to him,Have made him die Fishes,With their gold, red eyes, and green pure gleam, and under gold.And their pre world loneliness,Andthan lovelessness.And white meat They move in other circles Outsiders.Water wayfarers.Things of one element.Aqueous,Each by itself Cats, and the Neapolitans,Sulphur sun beasts.Thirst for fish as forthan water Water aliveTo quench their over sulphureous lusts But I, I only wonderAnd don t know.I don t know fishes In the beginningJesus was called The Fish.And in the end From Birds, Beasts, And Flowers Poems By D H Lawrence

  4. says:

    The earlier material, while at times gripping, I found lacked the power of the later poems Pansies the best collection Though that may be as much a result of my own lack of understanding as anything ekse His love of wildlife and the beauty of natures shines bright frequently So call it 3.5.

  5. says:

    Just like streaks of fire on the page,in ecstasy over the natural world and sensuality One of my favorites, recalling the story of Persephone and Hades a small portion belowAnd in Sicily, on the meadows of Enna, She thought she had left him But opened around her purple anemones, Caverns, Little hells of colour, caves of darkness, Hell, risen in pursuit of her royal, sumptuous Pit fallsAnd the opening to The Wild CommonThe quick sparks on the gorse bushes are leaping, Littl Just like streaks of fire on the page,in ecstasy over the natural world and sensuality One of my favorites, recalling the story of Persephone and Hades a small portion belowAnd in Sicily, on the meadows of Enna, She thought she had left him But opened around her purple anemones, Caverns, Little hells of colour, caves of darkness, Hell, risen in pursuit of her royal, sumptuous Pit fallsAnd the opening to The Wild CommonThe quick sparks on the gorse bushes are leaping, Little jets of sunlight texture imitating flame Above them, exultant, the peewits are sweeping They are lords of the desolate wastes of sadness their screaming proclaimSome of them didn t really speak to me, like his poems about mosquitoes and peaches But the ones that did stayed in my head like favorite songs

  6. says:

    3.5 if it were possible all gorgeous in their writing, some being so enigmatic and intuitive are a little difficult to understand but nonetheless pleasant to read oddly enough if it was often these subjective ones i enjoyedwhile they are short they re still so expressive and personal, i m almost jealous of his genius in word choice lawrence has such a way with words i m sure many people including myself could only dream of i too frequently find myself lost in this book, and i 3.5 if it were possible all gorgeous in their writing, some being so enigmatic and intuitive are a little difficult to understand but nonetheless pleasant to read oddly enough if it was often these subjective ones i enjoyedwhile they are short they re still so expressive and personal, i m almost jealous of his genius in word choice lawrence has such a way with words i m sure many people including myself could only dream of i too frequently find myself lost in this book, and i don t mind a bit

  7. says:

    Lawrence was, in my opinion, a much better poet than he was a novelist or even writer of short stories The sequence of love poems he wrote shortly after meeting Frieda has few equals in 20th century literature In the months leading up to his early death at age 42 he wrote poetry of such visionary force and strangeness one is almost tempted to posit the existence of something like a premature late style Beethoven, told at 40 he was dying, composing the great late quartets

  8. says:

    For many years I have perused this book of selected poems over and over again I never get tired just opening the book at random and reading whatever is before me Though I do have many favorites like Whales not weep not, The Man of Tyre, and Self Pity, there is just so many interesting poems in this book They cover a wide variety of experiences rather than being bogged down in the same thing, much like my own writing which is probably why I enjoy Lawrence so much.

  9. says:

    Whenever I read D.H Lawrence s Poetryby Gerardo Pachecosomething dark breaks in melike when the sun enters into the world of swamps, marshes and darknessi can feel the rays breaking everything away making channels through my black heartLawrence s word carved channels into my pomegranate heart his loyal follower

  10. says:

    Been lost in these pages many times Lawrence s poetry is too often forgotten in favour of his novels despite his way with words poetically being potentially farpleasing This selection of poems will not disappoint Highly recommended

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