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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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Intertextuality in Birds, Beasts and Flowers

Intertextuality in Birds, Beasts and Flowers

(p.59) 2 Intertextuality in Birds, Beasts and Flowers
D. H. Lawrence and ‘Difference’

Amit Chaudhuri

Oxford University Press

This chapter dwells on the Lawrence's perceived finest collection of poetry, the Birds, Beasts and Flowers. This anthology of poems provides glimpses of Lawrence's fascination with non-human life and the tremendous unknown forces of life. The main discussion of this chapter looks into the gaps between the thing named in a Lawrentian nature poem and the description which is supposed to identify it. It also deals with the gaps between the object in the poem and its metaphoric recreation. The chapter attempts to show that the Lawrentian sign or word, through the traces of intertextuality, are reminiscent of the general discourse to which it belongs. This is displayed in the main signifiers of his poem — bat, tortoise, goat and eagle — wherein through the poems, the signifiers instead of making connections with the referents outside the text move from page to page, where each signifier creates traces of or are reminiscent of other signifiers. The chapter also attempts to examine how D. H. Lawrence in his Birds, Beasts and Flowers describes not the beasts and animal per se but the imitations and the same mask with minor modifications these ‘signified’ objects display.

Keywords:   anthology, Birds, Beasts and Flowers, D. H. Lawrence, signifiers, intertextuality, poem

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