|My world is a painted fresco, where coloured shapes / Of old, ineffectual lives linger blurred and warm; / An endless tapestry the past has women drapes / The halls of my life, compelling my soul to conform.|
These two collections of verse were written as D. H. Lawrence’s career began its climb towards fame and controversy. Lawrence believed that industrialized Western culture was dehumanizing because it emphasized intellectual attributes to the exclusion of natural or physical instincts. He thought, however, that this culture was in decline and that humanity would soon evolve into a new awareness of itself as being a part of nature.
|TO OTTOLINE MORRELL, IN TRIBUTE TO HER NOBEL AND INDEPENDENT SYMPATHY AND HER GENEROUS UNDERSTANDING, THESE POEMS ARE GRATEFULLY DEDICATED|
|NEW YORK: B.W. HUEBSCH, 1916
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