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Short poem

David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)


              1I like relativity and quantum theories
              2because I don't understand them
              3and they make me feel as if space shifted about like a swan that can't settle,
              4refusing to sit still and be measured;
              5and as if the atom were an impulsive thing
              6always changing its mind.


1] Albert Einstein's theory of relativity shows that space and time are relative to one another and thus that,for example, the faster one person moves relative to someone else who is standing still (the more space one traverses), the less that person will age, again in comparison to the other. In quantum mechanics, light is regarded as either a wave or a particle, depending on whether or not it is being observed.

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): 116. 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: 4:2002/1/8

Composition date: 20 December 1928 - 7 January 1929
Composition date note: See Ellis, 593
Form: Free Verse

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