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A D.H. Lawrence poem


I thought I had posted this poem somewhere but I can't find it. It so speaks to the spiritual need for ecological balance.

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The Recovery of the Creaturely World by Jim Powell

Good article on the influence reading Whitman had on Lawrence's poetry:

The spring he was twenty-two, D. H. Lawrence read Leaves of Grass. He had been writing verse for three years. That summer of 1908 he chose twenty-four poems to transcribe into his first college notebook, and two decades later included thirteen, variously revised, in his Collected Poems. His eye for nature and candid insight into romantic psychology are there from the start, as are his profuse musical invention and supple alignment of the shape of verse and sentence, but it was Whitman's song of the Body Electric that sparked Lawrence's vision and catalyzed his work. It liberated him from contending commandments that he regard his body as a trap of sin in a maze of temptation or as an interchangeable part for an economic machine. "Whitman, this American, this Columbus of the soul" (as Lawrence called him in a 1922 essay) confirmed his own instincts, encouraged his tenderness, made his candor ardent, and freed him to become his time's key poet of love.

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Good find, Kat. I knew Lawrence was impacted by Whitman but thought it much later.

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