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D. H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’Postcoloniality and the Poetry of the Present$
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Amit Chaudhuri and Tom Paulin

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780199260522

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199260522.001.0001

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An Alternative Aesthetic

An Alternative Aesthetic

(p.113) 4 An Alternative Aesthetic
D. H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’

Amit Chaudhuri

Oxford University Press

This chapter looks at the creation and proposition of a Lawrentian aesthetic constructed and derived from the poet's own writings on art and culture. It also looks at the peculiarity of Lawrence's ideas on culture and difference which rendered his poems marginalized and misunderstood on the canons of English language. It also examines Lawrence's ‘foreignness’; his perception of difference and his embodiment of it; his relationship to European culture; and his breaking away from conformity as exemplified in his poems. In the course of the discussion, the chapter also touches on the complicit agreement of modernist beliefs to the traditional set of beliefs with the aim to shed light on the aesthetic difference of Lawrence's poetics, in terms of politics, and the history and politics of difference as they have been outlined and substantiated in previous chapters.

Keywords:   D. H. Lawrence, poetry, poems, foreignness, English langauge

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