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David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)

Good Husbands Make Unhappy Wives


              1Good husbands make unhappy wives
              2so do bad husbands, just as often;
              3but the unhappiness of a wife with a good husband
              4is much more devastating
              5than the unhappiness of a wife with a bad husband.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: D. H. Lawrence, Pansies: Poems (London: Martin Secker, 1929): 47. PR 6023 A93P3 1929 Robarts Library
First publication date: 1929
Publication date note: see Roberts A47
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 2000.
Recent editing: 4:2001/12/28

Composition date: 20 December 1928 - 7 January 1929
Composition date note: See Ellis, 592.
Form: free verse


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