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Complete Poems of D.H.Lawrence (Wordsworth Poetry) (Wordsworth Poetry Library) [Paperback]

D.H. Lawrence
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25 Aug 1994 Wordsworth Poetry Library

This Wordsworth Edition includes an exclusive Introduction and Notes by David Ellis, University of Kent at Canterbury.

Lawrence's reputation as a novelist has often meant that his achievements in poetry have failed to receive the recognition they deserve. This edition brings together, in a form he himself sanctioned, his Collected Poems of 1928, the unexpurgated version of Pansies, and Nettles, adding to these volumes the contents of the two notebooks in which he was still writing poetry when he died in 1930.

It therefore allows the reader to trace the development of Lawrence as a poet and appreciate the remarkable originality and distinctiveness of his achievement. Not all the poems reprinted here are masterpieces but there is more than enough quality to confirm Lawrence's status as one of the greatest English writers of the twentieth century.


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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New edition edition (25 Aug 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1853264172
  • ISBN-13: 978-1853264177
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Although he is best remembered for his novels, D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930) also produced some very expressive poetry. His early verse was written in mainly ballad form with simple rhyming scheme incorporating subjects Lawrence held close to him from his adolescence in Nottinghamshire. To be honest, I found some of his poems quite poor but perseverance pays off when one comes across a little gem! He wrote free-verse poems, many of which utilize animals and birds along with images of flowers which evoke a spiritual depth between nature and humanity.
His poem collections include: `Love Poems' (1913), `Amores' (1916), `Look! We have come through!' (1917), `New Poems' (1918), `Birds, Beasts and Flowers' (1923), `Pansies' (1929), `Nettles' (1930) and `Last Poems' (1932). The complete poems were published in three volumes in 1957 and I would say only Lawrence aficionados or genuine poetry lovers who can be a little forgiving will enjoy this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars My Savior 18 Jun 2004
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I bought this book after finding a copy of it on a shelf in school, I picked it up during French one Tuesday afternoon and really enjoyed it, I love all his poems about the roses, nature and just love in general, the poems are all so similar in some respects but completely diverse in others. My favourites have to include River Roses and Green as well as Moral Clothing. This is a definitive collection and one to be a part of anybody's collection.
I loathed French in school and thankfully, D H Lawrence helped me to survive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The complete poems (paperback) 13 Feb 2012
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First, I am reviewing the paperback edition that contains approximately 800 of Lawrence's poems. This seems like a complete collection to me, so I can only assume that the kindle version that reviewers complain about is at fault. (I could make a strong case that any kindle version sells you short because you do not get a physical book that you can enjoy handling, smelling, owning, etc. but maybe another time!)

This edition is amazingly cheap for a book that is 660 pages long, but the print and binding quality are excellent. So don't be put off by the other reviews or the price. And then of course there are the poems. Some outrageously bad, but at their best they are wonderful. If you want to start at the top go straight to "Snake" on p282.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Far too difficult for me to understand 9 April 2014
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I am sorry but I did not and cannot understand the poems of d h lawrence.why didn't he write poems that ordinary people can make something of instead of baffling the likes of me? I hate poetry now as ot always makes me feel stupid because I can't understand what the thing is about.i struggle to see how anybody can get any meaning out of these poems.what utter nonsense poetry seems to me.
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