1] gentians: blue-flowered herbs.
2] Michaelmas: September 29, Christian feast of St. Michael.
8] Dis: "Dio" in edition, but in manuscript as here, corrected by Vivian de Sola Pinto and Warren Roberts, Complete Poems (Penguin, 1993): 1019.
Pluto, god of the classical underworld, took Persephone,daughter of Demeter, goddess of natural growth, to be his queenbut allowed her to return to the living world from May to Augustevery year.
11] Pinto and Roberts supply the final exclamation mark, also missing from the printed edition.
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Original text: D. H. Lawrence, Last Poems, ed. Richard Aldington (London: Martin Secker, 1933): 37-38. PR 6023 A93 A17 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1933
Publication date note: 1933. Roberts A62
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2001/12/28
Composition date note: see Ellis, 602
Form: free verse
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