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D.H. Lawrence Keith M. Sagar

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Selected Poems Lawrence wrote nearly poems during a short lifetime in which he was also astonishingly prolific in other spheres fiction travel writing essays criticism letters and plays Lawrence was not si

  • Title: Selected Poems
  • Author: D.H. Lawrence Keith M. Sagar
  • ISBN: 9780140585407
  • Page: 158
  • Format: Paperback
  • Lawrence wrote nearly 1,000 poems during a short lifetime in which he was also astonishingly prolific in other spheres fiction, travel writing, essays, criticism, letters and plays Lawrence was not simply a novelist who dabbled in other forms His characteristic vision informed everything he wrote, especially his poetry At three important phases of his life, it becameLawrence wrote nearly 1,000 poems during a short lifetime in which he was also astonishingly prolific in other spheres fiction, travel writing, essays, criticism, letters and plays Lawrence was not simply a novelist who dabbled in other forms His characteristic vision informed everything he wrote, especially his poetry At three important phases of his life, it became the primary channel of his experience and creative energy the first year of his relationship with Frieda, the two years in Sicily, and the last year of his life Bringing together the best of his poetry, this volume demonstrates that Lawrence is a great poet in every sense including the technical the form is the perfect incarnation of the content, the perfect vehicle for the liveliness of thought and feeling, the freshness, and depth of perception, the wit and wisdom he has to offer.

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    1. Amanda on said:

      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.

    2. Punk on said:

      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 [...]

    3. Anna Kļaviņa on said:

      My first book by LawrenceQuite naturally some poems I enjoyed more than 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.B [...]

    4. Salma on said:

      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 below):And 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, sumptuousPit-fallsAnd the opening to "The Wild Common":The quick sparks on the gorse bushes are leaping,Little jets of sunlight te [...]

    5. megan on said:

      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 enjoyed more. while 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 [...]

    6. Aaron Meyer on said:

      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.

    7. Mark on said:

      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. Gerardo on said:

      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

    9. Anita Joy on said:

      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 far more pleasing. This selection of poems will not disappoint! Highly recommended!

    10. Don Vandelinder on said:

      I unexpectedly enjoyed this book. I'd like to think of this as a book of poetry for men that don't know what the big deal is about women and poetry. Okay, I could have written this better but just go ahead and read it.

    11. Samuel Coulson on said:

      Read this when I was a young teenager, inspired a lifelong interest in poetry.

    12. Aaron on said:

      The Ship of DeathINow it is autumn and the falling fruitand the long journey towards oblivion.The apples falling like great drops of dewto bruise themselves an exit from themselves.And it is time to go, to bid farewellto one's own self, and find an exitfrom the fallen self.IIHave you built your ship of death, O have you?O build your ship of death, for you will need it.The grim frost is at hand, when the apples will fallthick, almost thundrous, on the hardened earth.And death is on the air like a [...]

    13. Eadweard on said:

      And at last I know my love for you is here;         I can see it all, it is whole like the twilight,         It is large, so large, I could not see it before,         Because of the little lights and flickers and interruptions,               Troubles, anxieties and pains.        You are the call and I am the answer,         You are the wish, and I the fulfilment,         You are the night, and I the day.               Wha [...]

    14. Dane Cobain on said:

      This is one of the more interesting poetry collections that I’ve read of late – Lawrence, the man who’s best-known for Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Sons and Lovers, is an excellent poet, as well as a strong writer. Here, we watch him develop from a youngster who dabbled with rhyming poetry to a cynical old man, who wrote in free verse and used his art to show his disdain for the world.In fact, I never knew that Lawrence was such a gifted poet, able to cover all sorts of subjects with a fl [...]

    15. Jeanne (Jeannot se livre) on said:

      This book was a wonderful experience. I enjoy reading something else from on author that I love. I have never ready poetry from him before. Some parts weren't my cup of tea, some I adored.

    16. Elizabeth on said:

      Medlars and Sorb-ApplesI love you, rotten,Delicious rottenness.I love to suck you out from your skinsSo brown and soft and coming suave,So morbid, as the Italians say.What a rare, powerful, reminiscent flavourComes out of your falling through the stages of decay:Stream within stream.Something of the same flavour as Syracusan Muscat wineOr vulgar Marsala.Though even the word Marsala will smack of preciositySoon in the pussy-foot West.What is it?What is it, in the grape-turning-raisin,In the medla [...]

    17. Owen Lucas on said:

      Some of the poems in this collection rank among the most astonishing and beautiful I have ever read, and would easily earn a five-star rating. Particularly, the more lyrical of the animal poems, and the incredible poems Lawrence wrote in his last days, such as "Ship of Death". Then there is a middling class that are are meandering, obscure, and have a strange, conversational style that doesn't lead to much in the way of imaginative versification. However, a smaller group still are not only incre [...]

    18. Kate on said:

      What a collection! it contains some poems that may make little impression on you (or that may even make a thumbs-down impression.) But ahh! It also brings some all-time-favorite, bookmark-so-you-can-reread-at-will poems. Nature poems, workmen's poems, erotic poems, and one completely dear poem about "Baby Running Barefoot."I admit that before encountering this collection, my general impression of Lawrence was: testosterone-and-sexual-braggadocio-rich. After reading these poems, I see that-- well [...]

    19. Dane Cobain on said:

      This is one of the more interesting poetry collections that I’ve read of late – Lawrence, the man who’s best-known for Lady Chatterley’s Lover and Sons and Lovers, is an excellent poet, as well as a strong writer. Here, we watch him develop from a youngster who dabbled with rhyming poetry to a cynical old man, who wrote in free verse and used his art to show his disdain for the world.In fact, I never knew that Lawrence was such a gifted poet, able to cover all sorts of subjects with a fl [...]

    20. Dan Butterfass on said:

      An apparently long out of print edition of Lawrence's Selected Poems I found in a used bookstore with a valuable introduction by Kenneth Rexroth in which he identifies Lawrence as a "minor prophet" as opposed to a "major poet", qualifying that distinction with this important caveat: "Like Blake and Yeats, his is the greater tradtion." Rexroth also contends that Lawrence was the author of some of the "greatest imagist poems ever written." After re-revisiting such classic poems as Snake, Tortoise [...]

    21. Ivan Labayne on said:

      and the earth is alive, and ready to shake off his fleasd the stars are ready with stones to throw in the faces of mend the air that blows good breath in the nostrils of peopleand beastsis ready to blow bad breath upon them, to perish them allquetzalcoatl looks down on mexicobecause lawrence is genius, although i guess that is insufficient a term. his words have feet and elbow and navel. and his poetry has population

    22. Joe on said:

      I chose to read Lawrence simply to read a wider range of poetry; I was expecting to enjoy very little of it. However, I was pleasantly surprised. Though some of his poems could be inappropriate material, I still found I greatly enjoyed his style and that many of his were not what everyone makes them out to be. If you are worried about the content, you may need to be cautious of a few. But if you can set those aside, you may not be disappointed to fight passed them.

    23. Sidney Gaskell on said:

      Overall very good. For me it was best around the middle, starting from the "creatures" section 'Mosquito', the Tortoises section especially. I also liked many in the Pansies 1928 section; 'Fidelity', 'Nottingham's New University', 'Self-Protection', and 'Won't it be Strange -?' is particularly interesting, it seems to be about a woman who gives birth to a bird.

    24. Michael Spendelow on said:

      Definitely some confusing and odd poems from D. H. Lawrence's extensive collection; particularly ones wherein he uses dialect to influence the meaning (i.e. 'Violets').Despite this, the poetry contained within is, as one would expect from Lawrence, on the whole of a superb quality and well worth reading. Not my favourite poet (nor author) but still a jolly good one!

    25. Ned Conway on said:

      Good collection of DHL poems but not exhaustive.ral DHL gems not included here, to my dismay. BUT forced me to read beyond my DHL favoritesny appreciated discoveries, specifically the work from his early years.Big fan of the "Sign of a Man Who Is" trilogy.

    26. J. Lopez on said:

      Some poems were beautiful (The Mess of Love) while others seemed like excerpts from Lawrence's novels. Overall, it is a fantastic collection of poems on love, domesticity and the responsibility of submitting to one’s sexual appetites.

    27. Ryan Williams on said:

      Trust not the anthology that has space for Prufrock but not Lawrence's 'Snake.'

    28. Peter on said:

      DHL's poetry IMHO is amateurish, embarrassingly prosaic, exceedingly flat. As I said, IMHO.

    29. Bea Alden on said:

      Strong stuff! Undoubtedly a great writer, but not always to my personal taste.(My own copy is an earlier edition than the one in the list.)

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