By M. Lockwood
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Love on the Farm (42-3), the last significant poem of this period, brings together almost all the elements so far discussed. There is another confrontation, in the twilight, between a sort of daytime, paradisal ideal of nature-love, and the facts of natural brutality, associated with darkness and the night (an earlier title for the poem was Cruelty and Love). But it is a confrontation here, rather 32 A Study of the Poems of D. H. Lawrence than an integration, and the poem has a dualistic structure like the Campions-Guelder Roses pairing; there is the same idea of the double-sided nature of love, and of the interrelatedness of human and natural that we find in the two earliest poems also.
The new knowledge has been arrived at through a refining sensuality, such as was not possible for the virgin youth, so it is an innocence after experience: I have learned it all from my Eve, This warm dumb wisdom, She's a finer instructor than years, She has shown me the strands that weave Us all one in laughter and tears. I didn't learn from her speechStaggering words. I can't tell how it comes But I think her kisses reach Down where the live web hums. The poem's animistic vision (of an Eden 'vivid with feeling'}, like that of Campions and The Wild Common, is a harmony that Early Poetry 31 includes disorder and discord, just as the intuitive and sensual sympathy (a feeling with not a feeling for) includes laughter and tears, love and hate, all the differing vibrations on the 'live web' of the emotions.
It is not really enough to dress up the thought in the garments of creation. A conviction has been reiterated, with certain perfunctory gestures of formality and finality, like the rabbit lobbing in confirmation, but the experience that originally gave rise to it, the 'pure passionate experience' of the Fantasia foreword, this has not been re-created. '), has also destroyed a deeper coherence that was originally present. The Wild Common is about a man standing by a pool watching his own reflection in the water, and then entering the water to be at one with it.
A Study of the Poems of D. H. Lawrence: Thinking in Poetry by M. Lockwood