Pilgrim of the Apocalypse: A Critical Study of D. H. Lawrence

Pilgrim of the Apocalypse: A Critical Study of D. H. Lawrence

Pilgrim of the Apocalypse: A Critical Study of D. H. Lawrence

Pilgrim of the Apocalypse: A Critical Study of D. H. Lawrence

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It will be some time before we exhaust a number of possible attitudes toward D. H. Lawrence, for since his death and through his published letters we have become sensitively aware of a great personality, the exact likeness of which we shall never experience again. For the moment there is danger of the personality obscuring even the most obvious of his literary intentions, and for that reason I propose to interpret his work as one might deal with the remains of any other major Romantic poet. I realize that an analysis from this point of view may seem flagrantly unorthodox to those who anticipate further discussion of Lawrence the man, the novelist, the pamphleteer. I believe, however, that poetry lies close to the root of everything he had to say and that his permanent contribution to English literature must be measured in terms of it and not by any logic which we usually associate with prose.

There is, of course, an immediate contradiction to this belief, for the greater number of his readers remember him only as a novelist and when one compares the bulk of his prose with the partial failure of the poems written during the same period, the tendency is to dismiss his . . .

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