—D.H. Lawrence, Poetry, July 1918"He wrote “poetry rather than poems”, is how Graham Hough puts it in The Dark Sun (1956), still one of the best accounts.” At the Times Literary Supplement, Seamus Perry takes a look at Lawrence’s poetry career:
Lawrence’s early association with the Imagists placed him among uncongenially tepid company, but his poetry genuinely shared something of the end-stopped quality that marks Imagist verse. Such “perfect, bright experience” (“Moonrise”) isn’t very like the greater poetry of Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), by which time Lawrence had successfully liberated himself from the shackles of being lovely; but it is continuous with those more substantial achievements all the same. The apples of night, like the much more robust baby tortoise in “Tortoise Family Connections”, are “inordinately there”, and in a way there isn’t much more to be said other than to enjoy the fact.
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—D.H. Lawrence, Poetry, July 1918

"He wrote “poetry rather than poems”, is how Graham Hough puts it in The Dark Sun (1956), still one of the best accounts.” At the Times Literary Supplement, Seamus Perry takes a look at Lawrence’s poetry career:

Lawrence’s early association with the Imagists placed him among uncongenially tepid company, but his poetry genuinely shared something of the end-stopped quality that marks Imagist verse. Such “perfect, bright experience” (“Moonrise”) isn’t very like the greater poetry of Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), by which time Lawrence had successfully liberated himself from the shackles of being lovely; but it is continuous with those more substantial achievements all the same. The apples of night, like the much more robust baby tortoise in “Tortoise Family Connections”, are “inordinately there”, and in a way there isn’t much more to be said other than to enjoy the fact.

Read the rest of “People.” Subscribe to Poetry.

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