Most of Lawrence’s poetry is intimately related to his life or thought. In his preface to Collected Poems (1928), he states that he tried to arrange his poems in the order in which they were written because ‘in their fragmentary fashion’ they constitute ‘a biography of an emotional and inner life’. This is true, but serious difficulties are encountered from the outset, since he altered many of the early poems for the collected edition, some being entirely rewritten, some recast. In consequence, the question often arises whether the revised version represents the youthful Lawrence or the Lawrence of 1928. He instances ‘The Wild Common’ and ‘Virgin Youth’, claiming that ‘the wild common, the gorse, the virgin youth are here and now, the same: the same me, the same one experience. Only now perhaps I can give it more complete expression’ (CP.850).
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