Birds, Beasts, and Flowers!: Poems

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D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) made a contribution to poetry that, in the words of Lousie Bogan, "can now be recognized as one of the most important, in any language, of our time." Birds, Beasts, and Flowers!, his first great experiment in free verse, was published when he was thirty-eight. This Black Sparrow edition re-sets the text in the format of the first edition (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923) and restores several "indecent" lines suppressed by the original publisher. ...
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Overview

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930) made a contribution to poetry that, in the words of Lousie Bogan, "can now be recognized as one of the most important, in any language, of our time." Birds, Beasts, and Flowers!, his first great experiment in free verse, was published when he was thirty-eight. This Black Sparrow edition re-sets the text in the format of the first edition (New York: Thomas Seltzer, 1923) and restores several "indecent" lines suppressed by the original publisher. Lawrence's original jacket artwork is reproduced on the jacket in full color.

Many of these individual poems are popuar in anthologies - they are best read, however, in the context and continuum of the whole book. In preparing the original collection for publication, Lawrence grouped the poems in a purposeful sequence and prefaced many of the subsections with brief quotations from the third edition of John Burnet's Early Greek Philosophy, which particularly interested him at the time.

He believed in writing poetry that was stark, immediate and true to the mysterious inner force which motivated it. Many of his best-loved poems treat the physical and inner life of plants and animals; others are bitterly satiric and express his outrage at the puritanism and hypocrisy of conventional Anglo-Saxon society. -- Academy of American Poets

Birds, Beasts and Flowers is the peak of Lawrence's achievement as a poet...Like the romantics [his] starting point in these poems is a personal encounter between himself and some animal or flower, but, unlike the romantics, he never confuses the feelings they arouse in him with what he sees and hears and knows about them. The lucidity of his language matches the intensityof his vision; he can make the reader see what he is saying as very few writers can. -- W.H. Auden
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W. H. Auden
The peak of Lawrence's achievement as a poet...The lucidity of his language matches the intensity of his vision; he can make the reader see what he is saying as few writers can.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876858660
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/29/1996
  • Pages: 213
  • Sales rank: 1,436,058
  • Product dimensions: 5.96 (w) x 9.01 (h) x 0.47 (d)

Meet the Author

D. H. Lawrence
Pensive and insightful, D. H. Lawrence brought to his work a frankness that had been missing from early 20th-century fiction. Though novels such as Lady Chatterly's Lover, Sons and Lovers, and others incited controversy and censorship for their sexual content, Lawrence was not being prurient; he was simply trying to describe the world around him, in both his fiction and his many letters and essays.

Biography

Born in Nottinghamshire, England, D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) was the author of a remarkable array of novels, stories, poetry, literary criticism, and travel writing, including the novels Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, and Lady Chatterley's Lover.

Author biography courtesy of Penguin Group (USA).

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    1. Also Known As:
      David Herbert Richard Lawrence. Called "Bert" by his family. Jessie Chambers and Lawrence H. Davison are pseudonyms.
    1. Date of Birth:
      September 11, 1885
    2. Place of Birth:
      Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England
    1. Date of Death:
      March 2, 1930
    2. Place of Death:
      Vence, France

Table of Contents

Fruits
Pomegranate 13
Peach 15
Fig 17
Medlars and Sorb-Apples 22
Grapes 25
The Revolutionary 29
The Evening Land 33
Peace 39
Trees
Cypresses 43
Bare Fig Trees 47
Bare Almond Trees 50
Tropic 52
Southern Night 53
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    Sensual and Lovely

    My first book of poetry by D.H. Lawrence and I am so thankful to have been introduced to his writing. This book is lovely. The only word that comes to mind is sensual. Honestly, how one can describe a flower or a piece of fruit in that fashion is simply astounding. It makes me think deeply as I read each verse, each word. I love the peacefulness I feel as I read.

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