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Through a wide range of techniques, D. Lawrence uses his poetry as a tool to scrutinise certain aspects of the early 20th century Much of his poetry portrays his opinions regarding modernity and industrialisation.
In particular, poems such as Snake, The North Country and The Triumph of the Machine consider the effects these issues have on society.
Lawrence uses figurative language, changing structure and style in order to present his ideas within the poem Snake. The poem depicts the internal battle between human instinct and social education, which is relative to Freudian theory.
Lawrence establishes a negative view of socialisation and conformity by creatively portraying his critiques of particular social expectations. The language, structure and style of Snake depict the increasing distance between humankind and nature, and through this, Lawrence criticises relevant attitudes taught by society.
The Triumph of the Machine challenges the attitude that machinery should be allowed to take the place of what is natural. The imagery used within Triumph condemns the practice of rejecting nature.
This is evident in his poem The Triumph of the Machine, in which Lawrence scrutinises the effects of industrialisation, a movement which was instigated by humankind. Lawrence then describes the brainwashing of humankind, symbolised by the man in the poem, who willingly rejects his most inner, natural drives.
This action is portrayed through the use of natural imagery. The nature within him is depicted as alive and peaceful. The negative transformation within the man may represent the way in which Lawrence views his society.
Lawrence also challenges the attitude that machinery can replace what is natural: Within his poetry, Lawrence uses a number of techniques in order to communicate his negative view of this practice.
Lawrence frequently alludes to the Freudian theory of the personality. The id and superego oppose each other, and the ego acts as a mediator between the two. The poem Snake criticises the practice of teaching individuals to conform to social and moral standards, and stereotypical gender roles or codes of conduct.
Lawrence draws a comparison between the snake and the unconscious forces of the persona through the use of religious symbolism temptation. The aforementioned ideas are partially established by the structure and changing styles of the poem Snake, which help to establish this idea of an internal battle between natural drives and social expectations.
The stanzas referring to the snake are repetitive and almost lyrical.
The style then changes quite abruptly when describing the log being thrown: The language is starkly opposite to that describing the snake. It is harsher, clumsier and uses consonance rather than assonance. The different styles representHusbands and Sons review – Anne-Marie Duff shines through violation of DH Lawrence 2 out of 5 stars.
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