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The Complete Poems (Poetry Library)

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With an 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
Paperback, 704 pages
Published August 5th 1994 by Wordsworth Editions (first published 1964)
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Kevin Shannon
Dec 02, 2008 Kevin Shannon rated it it was amazing
My favorite poem from my favorite poet:

"Self Pity

I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself."
-D. H. Lawrence, 1929
Apr 18, 2010 Emily rated it liked it
Oh D.H.! How did I forget you? My running in the woods in a white dress at midnight poet! If I were the king of the world, I would declare that all poets must have beards and use at least two exclamation points and two question marks per poem, and must write at least one poem with wind in it per year.

Song of a Man Who Has Come Through

Not I, not I, but the wind that blows through me!
A fine wind is blowing the new direction of Time.
If only I let it bear me, carry me, if only it carry me!
If only I
Jul 29, 2013 Chris rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
What is it about Lawrence and sex? Even the tortoises are having intercourse in this collection of poetry.

And let me just say, Lawrence, the bunny poem, dude, really?

That aside, or maybe because of it, many of the poems in the collection are good. Even if Lawrence had never written any of his novels, many of these poems might have earned a place in literature as well. He covers more than sex, but politics and the hope and contradiction that is America. There is much about gender roles and rela
Mar 24, 2012 Patric rated it it was amazing
The Great American Sage Don Jones introduced me to D,H. Lawrence poetry in 2000 and D.H. is one of the greatest gifts I have received in understanding the depth and breath of the sacred masculine's longing for wholeness in our world ~ true love, natural beauty and authenticity in interactions with others. This is a complete digest of D.H.'s poetic angst, insights and blessings in modernity that reveals a new wonderful landscape of wholeness in humanity and horizons in the human heart for all of ...more
Nathan Nearpass
Dec 19, 2009 Nathan Nearpass is currently reading it
'One thing is certain, we've got to take hands off love.
the moment i swear to love a woman all my life that very moment i begin to hate her.
In the same way, if i swore to hate a woman all my life, I should instantly feel a pang of compunction
Amounting almost to love.' D. H. Lawrence
Apr 25, 2013 Vanessa rated it it was amazing
I had to read some of D.H. Lawrence's poems for an English class my favorite one was Bat. Lawrence begins this poem by describing a beautiful scene of bats flying in the sunset in Florence Italy. He believes these bats to be swallows, but asks himself why are they flying so late. He begins to study the way they fly and how they look in the sky. When he realized that they are bats he changes, and begins to describe this animal with certain disgust, he calls them "creatures that hang themselve
Nov 13, 2015 Darina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, poetry
Didn't read this in its entity because I'm not a fan of poetry but I read a good amount of these poems and I liked them.
But there are too many for me to sit and read this from beginning to end.
I'm not entirely sure that every poem in here needed to be published, but it was a complete collection and read over the course of many, many months, worth the effort in my opinion.
Markéta Kimi
Oct 04, 2016 Markéta Kimi rated it really liked it
"And I think in this empty world
there was room for me and a mountain lion.
And I think in the world beyond,
how easily we might spare a million or two humans
And never miss them."
Ata A
Aug 16, 2013 Ata A rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
D.H. Lawrence's poems are intensely expressive. My personal favorite of his poems in this large collection is the very last, "Phoenix". For those interested in Metaphysics - especially Sufism or even Buddhism - they will appreciate the words of the poem "dipped into oblivion" [fanaa' in sufic nomenclature].

Overall I adore the work! It also includes poems regarding politics, love, morality, religion, justice, etiquette and even subtle satire :)

Here are some short selections:

Souls to Save

You tell
Apr 26, 2008 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is one I've picked up off and on over many years. My favorite is the little poem


I never saw a wild thing
sorry for itself.
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough
without ever having felt sorry for itself.

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Now, I could say that it is not a poem, but just a piece of observation which sticks in my memory. Which, I suppose, could be a definition of poetry after all.
ماهر Battuti
Jun 13, 2012 ماهر Battuti rated it really liked it
Though Lawrence is mainly known as a novelist, he has written huge number of poems. His poetry is deep and digs into the consciousness of human nature and also mythical connections.
Some of the poetry of Lawrence was translated unto Arabic, and I have rendered his poem "Ship of Death" into Arabic as far ago as 1964.
Aug 23, 2010 Ryan rated it it was amazing
Reading this book was an epic experience in my life. I read it kind of slow. It's really like reading someone's journal. There's just a strange powerful energy to it. Most of the poems aren't great by themselves, but together they gain all these strange momentums, they start to take you over. Some of his short ones are his best.
Daniel Klawitter
May 17, 2015 Daniel Klawitter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Why does the thin grey strand
Floating up from the forgotten
Cigarette between my fingers,
Why does it trouble me?

Ah, you will understand;
When I carried my mother downstairs,
A few times only, at the beginning
Of her soft-foot malady,

I should find, for a reprimand
To my gaiety, a few long grey hairs
On the breast of my coat; and one by one
I watched them float up the dark chimney.
Stella Wang
Jul 24, 2015 Stella Wang rated it it was amazing
Quick read since the poems are just so beautiful and straightforward! His words are so beautiful but also witty sometimes! The poems certainly make me think of the cruel reality yet appreciate certain things!
Jan 27, 2008 Luke rated it did not like it
I read some of his short stories and poems in highschool and thought they were dark and depressing with few redeeming qualities. I appreciate the attempt at defining the "human condition", but it just gets depressing and old after a while.
Mar 29, 2008 Kinsey rated it liked it
Awesome Poet!!!! Here is one of the poems I loved. It's short.


I never saw a wild thing/
sorry for itself./
A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough/
without ever having felt sorry for itself.
Andrew Hodgson
Sep 06, 2015 Andrew Hodgson rated it really liked it
Look for selections instead. Lawrence had a lot of half formed repetitions, and junk. He was weak when working in rhyme, stronger outside of it. Pretty experimental.
Jul 29, 2007 Trina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
Fanny Howe recommended this to me while I was in Russia.

So far, I'm still in the rhyming doggerel early poems.
Apr 30, 2007 Rabya added it
Shelves: poetry
there is a poem about a broken bird-
i forgot the title
quoted in g.i. jane movie
by guy who plays aragon
Jan 20, 2008 Mikael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
why struggle thru lady chatterleys lover and missing the lame sodomy bit anyway its that lame when you can be a complete pansy and use this as yr pillow
Emmanuel Sigauke
Aug 31, 2008 Emmanuel Sigauke rated it it was amazing
Lawrence at his best int terms giving an insight about life.
Aug 01, 2009 Kristen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: poetry
I studied D.H. Lawrence for a high school assignment. Lucky for me, because I really liked his work a lot. I haven't read every poem, but some of my favorite are "Ship of Death" and "Snake."
Dec 16, 2012 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
Shelves: game-changers
"The Piano" is my absolute favorite poem. I treasure this collection and keep it on my nightstand.
Darby idiotmachine
Apr 13, 2016 Darby idiotmachine rated it it was amazing
ah wow. this is what inspired bukowski.

a directness.
plain language.
a bit of oscar wildian reverse wisdom.
what a find.
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David Herbert Richards Lawrence was an English writer of the 20th century, whose prolific and diverse output included novels, short stories, poems, plays, essays, travel books, paintings, translations, literary criticism and personal letters. His collected works represent an extended reflection upon the dehumanizing effects of modernity and industrialisation. In them, Lawrence confronts issues rel ...more
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“I never saw a wild thing sorry for itself. A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough without ever having felt sorry for itself.” 783 likes
“Nobody knows you.
You don't know yourself.
And I, who am half in love with you,
What am I in love with?
My own imaginings?”
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