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D. H. Lawrence

I like relativity and quantum theories
because I don't understand them
and they make me feel as if space shifted about 
like a swan that can't settle,
refusing to sit still and be measured;
and as if the atom were an impulsive thing
always changing its mind.

This poem is in the public domain.

David Herbert Richards Lawrence (1885 – 1930) was an English novelist, poet, essayist, critic, playwright, and painter. The son of a miner and a school teacher, Bert (as he was called) grew up in extreme poverty and suffered from poor health. Although he loved to read, he was not a particularly good student. He did, however, manage to win a high school scholarship and became a teacher before success as a writer allowed him to pursue that career fulltime. Accused more than once of spying for the Germans, Bert eventually left his home country to travel the world with his wife. The Lawrences intended to settle in America, but problems with his health forced them to return to Europe; Lawrence died in France at the age of 45. A prolific writer who produced work in multiple genres, Lawrence is best known as a novelist, although he wrote more than 800 poems and was considered an extremely gifted travel writer. Public opinion during his lifetime and even till today paints him as either utterly profane and depraved or as a brilliant and creative genius.


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When I was in high school and later in college, I wrote endless book reports about Lawrence's novels; learned that trying to write a senior thesis which had to be a minimum three times longer than the original short story by Lawrence was indeed a challenge, but I never read even one of his poems, until today. Thank you.
Posted 11/28/2011 05:47 PM
Thanks for today's choice. I'm thinking about it. Lincoln
Posted 11/28/2011 04:21 PM
Linda Lee (Konichek):
" shifted about like a swan that can't settle..." Love the poem and this image!
Posted 11/28/2011 11:15 AM
...and thank you for the bio. I knew little, and now I know more.
Posted 11/28/2011 10:28 AM
Ah yes, refusing to sit still and be measured. Good find!
Posted 11/28/2011 09:03 AM
Nice! Lovely simile between the swan and the atom!
Posted 11/28/2011 07:54 AM
I don't like theories because they might pigeon-hole me and maybe I won't settle, but I love interfering with my ignorance - and reading the worlds this brave man has given us.
Posted 11/28/2011 04:42 AM

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