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DH Lawrence's Poetry, Essential Revision Notes

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Table of Contents

Call into Death 4

Summary 4

Annotation 4

Piano 6

Summary 6

Annotation 6

The Mosquito 8

Summary 10

Annotation 10

Snake 13

Summary 14

Annotation 15

Humming-Bird 18

Summary 18

Annotation 18

Intimates 20

Summary 20

Annotation 20

Delight of Being Alone 21

Summary 21

Annotation 21

Absolute Reverence 22

Summary 22

Annotation 22

What have they done to you? 23

Summary 23

Annotation 23

Bavarian Gentians 25

Summary 25

Annotation 25

Sample Answers 27

Reading DH Lawrence’s Poetry, A Personal Response 27

Compare and contrast the speakers’ attitude(s) towards death in the DH Lawrence poems ‘Call into Death’ and ‘Bavarian Gentians’. 30

Call into Death

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...

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