• The Single State of Man
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  • The Single State of Man

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    Pages: 90
    Language: English
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"D.H. Lawrence and Blake, one a novelist and the other a poet, are preoccupied with the same ‘problem of Self’, with the struggle of the divided man to attain the single state. They have explored and discovered more than any other writer in this line; and they are in their range comparable to Shakespeare. The understanding and recognition due to them as the most significant writers for our age have been delayed, perhaps because the artistic pattern they adopt is distinctly different from that of Shakespeare; and because we happen to be more conscious of the facts of their lives than their writings. We tend to lay overmuch emphasis on the defiance, solitude, and eccentricity of Blake; on the original device of printing that he discovered; on his heresies and queer paintings. Similarly we think of the humble birth of D.H. Lawrence, the circumstances of his childhood, his elopement with a German aristocrat, and the two novels Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover to the exclusion of other novels. Unless we decide to put behind us these popular notions and prepare to change our perspective, we shall not realize the full significance of Blake and Lawrence, or their relationship to Shakespeare, or that close resemblance they do bear to each other, which has been noticed but not yet been studied and analyzed...."

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