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Selected Poetry of David Herbert Lawrence (1885-1930)

from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2005, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

So now it is vain for the singer to burst into clamour
With the great black piano appassionato. The glamour
Of childish days is upon me, my manhood is cast
Down in the flood of remembrance, I weep like a child for the past.
        (Piano, 9-12)
  1. Almond Blossom
  2. Bat
  3. Bavarian Gentians
  4. Beautiful Old Age
  5. The Blue Jay
  6. The Bride
  7. Cruelty and Love / Love on the Farm
  8. The Enkindled Spring
  9. Figs
  10. Gloire de Dijon
  11. Good Husbands Make Unhappy Wives
  12. The Grudge of the Old
  13. Last Words to Miriam
  14. Lui et Elle
  15. Man and Bat
  16. The Mosquito
  17. People
  18. Piano
  19. Red Geranium and Godly Mignonette
  20. Relativity
  21. The Revolutionary
  22. Self-Pity
  23. The Ship of Death
  24. Snake
  25. Stand Up! --
  26. Swan
  27. Tease
  28. Tortoise Gallantry
  29. Tortoise Shout
  30. Wages
  31. Whales Weep Not!
  32. When I Read Shakespeare --
  33. The Wild Common
  34. Worm Either Way
  35. A Youth Mowing

Notes on Life and Works

David Herbert Lawrence was born on September 11, 1885, in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, to a coal-mining father he could sometimes despise and a mother whom he revered. Later Lawrence wrote about his life with them in Sons and Lovers. After his education, he taught at Eastwood School, and then in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, before obtaining a teaching certificate from Nottingham University College in 1908. He then became junior assistant master at Davidson Road School in Croydon until 1911, when he renounced teaching and determined to live as a writer. Capable of great and stormy loves, especially for his mother and his wife, his works focused candidly on sexual relationships. After breaking up with a succession of women, Jessie Chambers (Miriam in Sons and Lovers), Helen Corke, and his fiancee Louie Burrows, he eloped with a married woman, Frieda von Richthofen Weekley in 1912. They lived an itinerant life for the next eighteen years, visiting for a time Australia, Ceylon, Italy, Mexico, New Mexico (where he was eventually cremated and buried), and Sicily. They married July 13, 1914, and at his death she nursed him. Lawrence is best known as a novelist for works such as The White Peacock (1911), Sons and Lovers (1913), The Rainbow (1915), Women in Love (1920), The Lost Girl (1920), Aaron's Rod (1922), Kangaroo (1923), The Plumed Serpent (1926), Lady Chatterley's Lover (1928), and The Virgin and the Gypsy (1930). He also published volumes of short stories, plays, travel stretches, and critical books such as Psychoanalysis and the Unconscious (1921), Studies in Classic American Literature (1923), and Pornography and Obscenity (1929). His paintings were exhibited in London in 1929. After many years fighting tuberculosis, Lawrence died on March 2, 1930, in Vence, France.

Lawrence's novels, or his short stories, or even his 5,000 letters would have been enough, individually, to establish him as a great twentieth-century writer, but he also wrote astonishing poetry. It was a passion that charted his life. His complete verse, superbly edited by Vivian de Sola Pinto and F. Warren Roberts, offers nearly 1,100 poems. Works like "Piano," the Tortoise poems, "Snake," "The Ship of Death," and "Wages" deserve the widest possible readership.

Lawrence's published books of poetry are

Essential books on Lawrence and his poetry include

Biographical information

Given name: David Herbert
Family name: Lawrence
Birth date: 1885
Death date: 1930