DH Lawrence, Leaving Cert Complete Poetry Notes
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Since I lost you, my darling, the sky has come near,
And I am of it, the small sharp stars are quite near,
The white moon going among them like a white bird among snow berries,
And the sound of her gently rustling in heaven like a bird I hear.
And I am willing to come to you now, my dear,
As a pigeon lets itself off from a cathedral dome
To be lost in the haze of the sky; I would like to come
And be lost out of sight with you, like a melting foam.
For I am tired, my dear, and if I could lift my feet,
My tenacious feet, from off the dome of the earth
To fall like a breath within the breathing wind
Where you are lost, what rest, my love, what rest!
In this poem, Lawrence’s speaker addresses a lover he has recently lost to ‘death’. While the tone is sad and one that speaks of loss, the poem’s imagery is often poignant and beautiful.
First, the speaker outlines how his life is no longer worth living, but then he proceeds to state that he will persist with it until ‘death’, which, for him, will be like taking flight, lifting his feet ‘off the dome of the earth’.
Call into Death (this title is slightly ambiguous; obviously the poem will deal with ‘death’ in some way; however, it’s only later we realise that the speaker is willing his own death so he can be reunite...