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Birds Beasts and Flowers D H Lawrence 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 h

  • Title: Birds, Beasts and Flowers
  • Author: D.H. Lawrence
  • ISBN: 9780140424270
  • Page: 482
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 YorkD.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 popular 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 PoetsBirds, Beasts and Flowers is the peak of Lawrence s achievement as a poetLike 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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    1. Dhandayutha on said:

      Lawrence was the one of the most beautiful soul who had ever walked on the earth.These collection of poems are testament to it.If the task of literature is to give the man a greatest experience lawrence can give utmost ecstasy of being alive.According to lawrence there are only two kinds writers .writers who abuse himself for not able to become a great (Masochist)(tolstoy).writers who abuse others(dostoevsky).Lawrence hated very much the stoic mind,according to him one must shout,scream,cry to d [...]

    2. Erin on said:

      It's a towering achievement, actually. A collection of reveries on the natural world, a swirl of admiration, adoration, and aversion. It's a tangled and confusing collection, with leitmotif laced throughout. Sometimes beautiful, sometimes painful, but interesting most of the time.But I have trouble. I find it so hard to accept Lawrence's sexuality, which at the end of the day, feels more like misogyny than freedom. And the laced undertone of egotism. I'm just not really embracing it.

    3. Rodney on said:

      It’s silly on the face of it to call D.H. Lawrence a neglected writer. Penguin’s kept all his books in print since the ‘60s, and he’s one of the few genuinely popular modernists, with his work available in cheap paperback editions the world over. Hollywood’s been kind, too; even Kangaroo got made into a movie. Still, Lawrence the poet often disappears in the shadow of Lawrence the sex(ist) guru, Lawrence the proto-fascist, or Lawrence of the Chatterley scandal. The loose free verse lin [...]

    4. Rebecca on said:

      Since I discovered it, this has been and remains one of my favorite books of poems, alongside Lawrence's other non-rhyming poetry book, "Look, We Have Come Through." There is a kind of incantatory quality to Lawrence, which he mysteriously acheives despite having some of the most seemingly free-flowing and organic lines in the English language. The poems do, as the title suggest, take the natural world as their subject, but this is not a book of nature poems. Rather, it reveals that everything, [...]

    5. Katie on said:

      A friend told me about this book, and when I bought it I didn't know quite what to expect - I've read Lawrence's novels before but didn't even know that he wrote poetry (an embarrassing moment for an English major) - but it blew me away. Although some of the flower poems (see 'Fig') are highly sexual, the work as a whole moves far beyond the territory covered by his prose. Birds, Beasts and Flowers contains the titular sections on birds, beasts, and flowers, but also sections on America, the apo [...]

    6. Matthew on said:

      "Why so velvety, why so voluptuous heavy?Why hanging with such inordinate weight?Why so indented?Why the groove?Why the lovely, bivalve roundnesses?Why the ripple down the sphere?Why the suggestion of incision?Why was not my peach round and finished like a billiard ball?It would have been if man had made it.Though I've eaten it now.But it wasn't round and finished like a billiard ball.And because I say so, you would like to throw something at me.Here, you can have my peach stone."

    7. Jeffrey St. on said:

      Like Whitman's Leaves of Grass, Lawrence's Birds, Beasts and Flowers is a unique poetic achievement, where new forms are invented without sacrificing a coherent and hypnotic voice or the vitality and sharpness of its imagery. It surely ranks alongside Pound's Cantos, Eliot's Four Quartets and William Carlos Williams' Paterson as one of the most important poetic cycles in the 20th century.

    8. Pelagia on said:

      I agree with Jane Hirshfield: "And my knowledge of life and of what it means to live fully and well a human life would be narrowed had I never read 'Snake'."

    9. Emily Crow on said:

      Some good poems, esp "Humming-Bird." Overall, a bit too over-wrought and sexist. Still, there are some interesting images and ideas buried in here, so I would recommend it for poetry buffs.

    10. Jgilon41 on said:

      If you think you're a hippy, wait till you read these poems. DH Lawrence knows, loves, and fears the natural life. Surprising and acute details about such awesome forms as figs and fish.

    11. Wilson on said:

      The Evening Land should be projected onto the White House. It is how the rest of the world feel.The Evening LandOH AmericaThe sun sets in you.Are you the grave of our day?Shall I come to you, the open tomb of my race?I would come, if I felt my hour had struck.I would rather you came to me.For that matterMahomet never went to any mountainSave it had first approached him and cajoled his soul.You have cajoled the souls of millions of usAmerica,Why won't you cajole my soul?I wish you would.I confess [...]

    12. Lark Benobi on said:

      "Snake" remains one of my favorite poems since I first read it as a child, and is the reason I wanted to read the whole anthology. I discovered that not many of the poems are similar to "Snake," though, which is a narrative rather than a description of sensual pleasure, which many of these other poems are. I can imagine some readers will find Lawrence's lack of restraint in these poems--in particular the fruit poems--a little over-indulgent. But what's over-indulgent? What does that mean, anyway [...]

    13. Annie on said:

      Lawrence is one of my favourite prose authors, but I was pleasantly surprised by his potry. I didn’t see his style translating well from prose to poetry, as the prose is already so poetic and abstract that to increase that element would make it overdone and purpley, but no, his poetry’s actually written in a totally different style. I’d compare it to Eliot if he decided wrote about— well, about birds, beasts, and flowers. Or maybe Baudelaire? It’s good.While I can’t say I like his po [...]

    14. Caesaree on said:

      I keep re-reading certain poems and passages in this book and I haven't even finished it yet. It makes me feel so in love with life. Waking up each day I already know how much I joy I feel, but when I read certain details he writes, I realize how delicate and precious some of the most intricate details are of tangibles I never even really notice or possibly even find mundane.

    15. Ganglion Bard-barbarian on said:

      I found the illustrations to be boring, but the excerpts are well-selected. A good introduction to Lawrence's poetry for children. The copy I read was marred with a "DISCARD" stamp from the Staunton Public Library in Staunton, VA. I wonder how many less provocative children' books were retained in the library's collection.

    16. Lauren on said:

      Not a lot to say about this one, unfortunately. Most of his poems didn't really capture my imagination. But the poems I did enjoy lift it from being a sad 'meh' of two stars. Also I loved that his longest poem was about his own pet dog, Bibbles. That was pretty sweet.Favourite poems: Snake, Fish, and Kangaroo.

    17. Noirfifre on said:

      I am not sure what to think of the poems because I felt lost at times, amused the other minute, taken back the next hour and just fascinated at some point. Some poems did not leave a mark but others stood out to me, for example: Mosquito, the poem about the goat/mare, the poem about the snake, the poem about his dog Bibbles, the poem about Mexico and the poem about women in his life.

    18. Naomi Blackburn on said:

      Gotta say that I will stick with DH Lawrence's full length novels. The poems didn't entertain me at all.

    19. Katherine on said:

      I love poems which deal with the natural world, and Lawrence describes the interaction between wilderness and civilisation. Highlights are 'Mosquito' and 'Snake'.

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