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New Poems   By: (1885-1930)

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D.H. Lawrence (1918) New Poems

NEW POEMS

POEMS BY THE SAME AUTHOR

LOVE POEMS AND OTHERS AMORES LOOK, WE HAVE COME THROUGH

FIRST PUBLISHED, OCTOBER, 1918 NEW EDITION (RESET), AUGUST, 1919

New Poems

By D. H. Lawrence

London: Martin Seeker

TO AMY LOWELL

THE LONDON AND NORWICH PRESS, LIMITED, LONDON AND NORWICH, ENGLAND

CONTENTS

Apprehension Coming Awake From a College Window Flapper Birdcage Walk Letter from Town: The Almond Tree Flat Suburbs, S.W., in the Morning Thief in the Night Letter from Town: On a Grey Evening in March Suburbs on a Hazy Day Hyde Park at Night: Clerks Gipsy Two Fold Under the Oak Sigh no More Love Storm Parliament Hill in the Evening Piccadilly Circus at Night: Street Walkers Tarantella In Church Piano Embankment at Night: Charity Phantasmagoria Next Morning Palimpsest of Twilight Embankment at Night: Outcasts Winter in the Boulevard School on the Outskirts Sickness Everlasting Flowers The North Country Bitterness of Death Seven Seals Reading a Letter Twenty Years Ago Intime Two Wives Heimweh Débâcle Narcissus Autumn Sunshine On That Day

APPREHENSION

AND all hours long, the town Roars like a beast in a cave That is wounded there And like to drown; While days rush, wave after wave On its lair.

An invisible woe unseals The flood, so it passes beyond All bounds: the great old city Recumbent roars as it feels The foamy paw of the pond Reach from immensity.

But all that it can do Now, as the tide rises, Is to listen and hear the grim Waves crash like thunder through The splintered streets, hear noises Roll hollow in the interim.

COMING AWAKE

WHEN I woke, the lake lights were quivering on the wall, The sunshine swam in a shoal across and across, And a hairy, big bee hung over the primulas In the window, his body black fur, and the sound of him cross.

There was something I ought to remember: and yet I did not remember. Why should I? The run ning lights And the airy primulas, oblivious Of the impending bee they were fair enough sights.

FROM A COLLEGE WINDOW

THE glimmer of the limes, sun heavy, sleeping, Goes trembling past me up the College wall. Below, the lawn, in soft blue shade is keeping, The daisy froth quiescent, softly in thrall.

Beyond the leaves that overhang the street, Along the flagged, clean pavement summer white, Passes the world with shadows at their feet Going left and right.

Remote, although I hear the beggar's cough, See the woman's twinkling fingers tend him a coin, I sit absolved, assured I am better off Beyond a world I never want to join.

FLAPPER

LOVE has crept out of her sealéd heart As a field bee, black and amber, Breaks from the winter cell, to clamber Up the warm grass where the sunbeams start.

Mischief has come in her dawning eyes, And a glint of coloured iris brings Such as lies along the folded wings Of the bee before he flies.

Who, with a ruffling, careful breath, Has opened the wings of the wild young sprite? Has fluttered her spirit to stumbling flight In her eyes, as a young bee stumbleth?

Love makes the burden of her voice. The hum of his heavy, staggering wings Sets quivering with wisdom the common things That she says, and her words rejoice.

BIRDCAGE WALK

WHEN the wind blows her veil And uncovers her laughter I cease, I turn pale. When the wind blows her veil From the woes I bewail Of love and hereafter: When the wind blows her veil I cease, I turn pale.

LETTER FROM TOWN: THE ALMOND TREE

YOU promised to send me some violets. Did you forget? White ones and blue ones from under the orchard hedge? Sweet dark purple, and white ones mixed for a pledge Of our early love that hardly has opened yet.

Here there's an almond tree you have never seen Such a one in the north it flowers on the street, and I stand Every day by the fence to look up for the flowers that expand At rest in the blue, and wonder at what they mean... Continue reading book >>




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