DH Lawrence – World Poets online

D H Lawrence

  • 2 Hours in two parts
  • Wednesday 22 July 2020 is when the lecture will start being available to bookers through Youtube. Just click green or blue Buy Now button. Bookable from June 18.

Venue: Online – £10/$12 for this online talk

The link giving you access to this lecture will be sent out after your booking has been received. You will have the choice of a YouTube video or a downloadable audio podcast.

D H Lawrence - World Poets series

This evening is for all of you who read and love poetry, whether or not you have yet discovered D H Lawrence as a poet and not only as the author of Sons and LoversThe Rainbow and other novels.

If you have ever read a poem by him, the chances are that it may well have been the unforgettable early portrait, in word, picture and sound, of Lawrence remembering a woman playing a piano, beginning:

“Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano . . .”

or maybe the intensely relived-moment-by-moment drama of a snake in Sicily:

“He drank enough
And lifted his head, dreamily, as one who has drunken,
And flickered his tongue like a forked night on the air, so black,
Seeming to lick his lips . . .”

or, perhaps especially, the great late poem – one of his finest – which takes the idea of Bavarian gentians and extends it into the underworld lives of Persephone and Pluto as though that link were the most natural thing in the world:

“Reach me a gentian, give me a torch!
Let me guide myself with the blue, forked torch of a flower
down the darker and darker stairs, where blue is darkened on blueness . . .”

​But then Lawrence, who called his 1920-23 collection Birds, Beasts and Flowers, was eminently a poet of nature (among many who came after, Ted Hughes and Sylvia Plath both admired him for it) and of so much more than that. D H Lawrence, Poet Night  will take up the story of how much more !

 

“Life is a travelling to the edge of knowledge, then a leap taken. We cannot know beforehand”.

 

D H Lawrence, Reflections on the Death of a Porcupine And Other Essays

“Most lawyers are prose people, I guess, and I’m a lawyer. So your poetic amalgam of Whitman/Lawrence and Graham is a late-in-life revelation for me. I was so especially struck by the bat poem that I’m immediately bringing it to the attention of a very old friend of ours, a world-leading bat researcher. Thanks for the evocative Lawrence piece”.
Charles Porter
San Luis Obispo - online version
"I enjoyed the lecture on DH Lawrence so much that I have already listened to it twice. Your reading of the poems is so visual and clear that the audience is held in real attention. You also linked his poetry with his life and temperament in a most enlightening way. I learnt such a lot and really enjoyed it".
Jennifer Anderson
London - online version
"I must write and congratulate you on a superb lecture. I came away with a completely fresh view of Lawrence as a poet. I found your reading of 'Snake' an incredibly emotional experience - went and looked it up - and became more transfixed. Also very interested in his line endings or where they didn't end ... just brilliant. I do hope the research and video gave you as much pleasure as it certainly did me, and I'm sure all your other viewers".
Celia Purcell
London - online version
"A most enjoyable and enlightening lecture. During the evening, I wondered if the snake was really there."
Member of the audience
D H Lawrence Night, Farnham

Tickets £10/$12

for this online talk
The recording is available from 22 July 2020

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Your booking will be acknowledged promptly. Access to the talk will be via a link to be sent to you on 22 July 2020.

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Top picture:  John Menard, Mt. Etna and Taormina as seen from the Ancient Theatre of Taormina

Right picture:  Ottoline Morrell, D H Lawrence, 1915

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