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Reading DH Lawrence’s Poetry, A Personal Response 4

Reading DH Lawrence’s Poetry, A Personal Response

Despite being written in a bygone era and at times archaic in the language it uses, DH Lawrence’s poetry is typically an enjoyable reading experience due to its playfulness and contemporary feel. Lawrence also works well with imagery, particularly through metaphor, and this skill imbues a number of his poems with additional layers of meaning, including (but not exclusive to) his poems ‘The Mosquito’ and ‘Snake’.

The first Lawrence poem I’d like to discuss is ‘Delight of Being Alone’, a testament to his perception and priority of the little things in life. This poem’s title suggests the speaker longs to be ‘alone’, but not for the reason we might expect. Where nowadays people long to be alone simply because they cannot escape the crowds of the rat race, in a few short lines Lawrence reveals his speaker as someone who desires solitude so he can appreciate the beauty of the everyday.

‘Being alone’ makes the speaker ‘realise’ the wonder of nature in ‘the delicious pleasure of the moon’, something he is distracted from when surrounded by others. ‘Alone’ he has the time to ‘realise’ and think of the moon as ‘travelling by herself: throughout time’, something he himself aspires to do.

The speaker goes on to regard ‘the splendid growing of an ash-tree’, physical evidence of something that thrives on being ‘alone’, even at the edge of existence – ‘on a hill-side in...

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