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The genius of D.H. Lawrence

The genius of D.H. Lawrence

Sea-weed

Sea-weed sways and sways and swirls
as if swaying were its form of stillness;
and if it flushes against fierce rock
it slips over it as shadows do without hurting itself.

D.H. Lawrence

How often do we glance at a piece of writing, in passing, and not realise what's hidden there?

I suggest you read the first line of the poem out loud. 

Which words are repeated?
Which sounds are repeated?
Which words are important and emphasised, and which not? 

I suggest you read the second line of the poem out loud. 

What do you notice about the speed and rhythm you use in speaking the line? 
Do the speed and rhythm reflect the meaning of the words in the line? 

I suggest you read the third line of the poem out loud. 

What do you notice about the sounds, especially the consonants, in this line?
Do the sounds reflect the meaning? 

I suggest you read the fourth line of the poem out loud. 

Do the speed, rhythm and sounds reflect the meaning of the words?  

What if I said D.H. Lawrence is a genius in his use of words? 
Would you agree or disagree?




 

Walking the streets of Florence with my friend, Avio

Driving in Rome

“Do not drive in Rome, my friend,” says Avio. 

“Why not?” I ask.

“You know that gap between your vest and your underpants?  A Roman will park in that.”

 

Posted: Thursday 13 January 2022

Comments

  • I really enjoyed reading this poem with fresh eyes. Thanks.
    Posted: 2022-02-13 08:20   by HMJ




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