9780140424584

Selected Poems

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    9780140424584

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    014042458X

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2009-05-26
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics
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Summary

'Softly in the dusk, a woman is singing to me; Talking me back down the vista of years' From early, rhyming works in Love Poems and Others (1913) to the groundbreaking exploration of free verse in Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923), the poems of D. H. Lawrence challenged convention and inspired later poets. This volume includes extensive selections from these and other editions, and contains some of his most famous poems, such as 'Piano', a nostalgic reflection on lost youth and love for his mother; 'Snake', exploring human fear of the natural world; the short cutting comment on sexual politics of 'Can't Be Borne'; and the quiet philosophical resignation of 'Basta!' Using revised poems, but in the order in which they appeared in their original collection, this selection offers a fresh perspective that reveals an innovative poet who gave voice to his most intense emotions.

Author Biography

D. H. Lawrence (1895-1930) is the author of the novels The Rainbow, Sons and Lovers, and Lady Chatterley-'s Lover, among others.

James Fenton is a fellow of the Royal Society of Literature and was Oxford Professor of Poetry from 1994 to 1999.

Christopher Ricks is the William M. and Sara B. Warren Professor of the Humanities at Boston University and a professor of poetry at the University of Oxford.

Table of Contents

From Love Poems and Others (1913)
Cherry Robbersp. 3
Bei Hennefp. 3
Violetsp. 4
Whether or Notp. 6
The Collier's Wifep. 15
The Drained Cupp. 17
A Snowy Day in Schoolp. 20
The Best of Schoolp. 21
Last Lesson of the Afternoonp. 22
From Amores (1916)
The Wild Commonp. 27
Discord in Childhoodp. 29
Weeknight Servicep. 29
A Winter's Talep. 30
Disciplinep. 31
Scent of Irisesp. 34
Last Words to Miriamp. 35
Endless Anxietyp. 36
At the Windowp. 37
Sorrowp. 37
Brooding Griefp. 38
Maladep. 38
From Look! We Have Come Through! (1917)
She Looks Backp. 43
On the Balconyp. 46
Frohnleichnamp. 46
A Young Wifep. 48
River Rosesp. 49
Gloire de Dijonp. 49
A Youth Mowingp. 50
Miseryp. 50
Meeting among the Mountainsp. 51
Spring Morningp. 53
From New Poems (1918)
Coming Awakep. 57
Letter from Town: The Almond-Treep. 57
Thief in the Nightp. 58
Twofoldp. 58
Piccadilly Circus at Night: Street-Walkersp. 59
Pianop. 60
From Bay (1919)
Bombardmentp. 63
Winter-Lullp. 63
Shadesp. 64
Ruinationp. 65
Nostalgiap. 65
Tortoises (1921)
Baby Tortoisep. 69
Tortoise Shellp. 72
Tortoise Family Connectionsp. 74
Lui et Ellep. 76
Tortoise Gallantryp. 80
Tortoise Shoutp. 81
From Birds, Beasts and Flowers (1923)
Pomegranatep. 89
Peachp. 90
Medlars and Sorb-Applesp. 91
Figsp. 93
Grapesp. 96
Peacep. 99
Cypressesp. 100
Bare Fig-Treesp. 103
Bare Almond-Treesp. 105
Almond Blossomp. 106
Purple Anemonesp. 109
Sicilian Cyclamensp. 112
The Mosquitop. 114
Batp. 117
Man and Batp. 119
Snakep. 125
Turkey-Cockp. 128
Humming-Birdp. 132
Eagle in New Mexicop. 132
The Assp. 135
From Pansies (1929)
How Beastly the Bourgeois Isp. 141
Swanp. 142
The Noble Englishmanp. 143
Good Husbands Make Unhappy Wivesp. 144
The Elephant is Slow to Matep. 145
Self-Pityp. 146
The Mess of Lovep. 146
Red-Herringp. 147
The Little Wowserp. 148
To Women, as Far as I'm Concernedp. 149
Can't Be Bornep. 149
Basta!p. 149
Lizardp. 150
Conundrumsp. 150
The Saddest Dayp. 151
From Last Poems (1932)
The Greeks are Coming!p. 155
The Argonautsp. 155
Middle of the Worldp. 156
Maximusp. 156
Butterflyp. 157
Bavarian Gentiansp. 158
The Ship of Deathp. 159
From More Pansies (1932)
Image-Making Lovep. 167
The Emotional Friendp. 167
Intimatesp. 168
The Uprootedp. 168
In a Spanish Tram-Carp. 169
Trees in the Gardenp. 169
Storm in the Black Forestp. 170
Lord Tennyson and Lord Melchettp. 170
The White Horsep. 171
Lawrence on Poetryp. 173
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