D.H. Lawrence poet
Talk by Graham Fawcett
Thursday 19 March 6.30pm
Tickets: £10/ £25 with buffet dinner afterwards
Phone 01308 459511 to book.
Entertaining lecturer, writer, translator and educator Graham Fawcett will give a talk about the life and particularly the poetry of David Herbert Richards Lawrence (1885 – 1930) the novelist, poet, playwright, essayist, literary critic and painter who was the son of a barely literate Nottinghamshire coalminer.
While everyone is aware of DH Lawrence’s novels, from Lady Chatterley’s Lover to Sons and Lovers and The Rainbow, Lawrence’s poetry reveals him as an exceptional nature writer whose immediacy and sensual awareness struck an entirely new note when he wrote it, pointing forward to the poetry of Ted Hughes and even Sylvia Plath who both greatly admired his work.
In the deep, strange-scented shade of the great dark carob tree
I came down the steps with my pitcher
And must wait, must stand and wait, for there he was at the trough before me.
Famously, he was not afraid to confront controversial issues of the growing distance between people and nature, and its effects on their emotional health, sexuality and vitality.
‘Only the loving find love, and they never have to seek for it’
Lawrence rewrote many of his novels several times to perfect them and similarly he returned to some of his early poems when they were collected in 1928. This was in part to fictionalise them, but also to remove some of the artifice of his first works. “A young man is afraid of his demon and puts his hand over the demon’s mouth sometimes and speaks for him.” The results were unforgettable as in ‘Piano’, the early portrait, in word, picture and sound of his mother.
“Softly, in the dusk, a woman is singing to me;
Taking me back down the vista of years, till I see
A child sitting under the piano, in the boom of the tingling strings
And pressing the small, poised feet of a mother who smiles as she sings. . ”
(D H Lawrence, the opening verse of ‘Piano’, 1916)
GRAHAM FAWCETT has lectured or led workshops at literary festivals throughout Britain on reading and writing poetry. He has been a tutor for The Poetry School since 1997, devising and teaching new courses on poetry past and present from around the world. He wrote and presented radio programmes about literature and music on BBC Radio 3 for many years.
Review for Graham Fawcett’s last talk at Sladers Yard, T.S. Eliot on 22 January 2015:
“We [the audience] were more than happy to stay the course, stunned and astonished in equal measure. Stunned by the breadth and depth of Fawcett’s criticism, astonished at our luck to be living miles from a university yet participating in what, to all intents and purposes, was a post-graduate lecture, presented with immaculate complexity by a master of ceremonies par-excellence.” Elaine Beckett, Bridport Review
The talk will be followed by a delicious buffet dinner served by Sladers Yard’s celebrated Licensed Café. The £15 buys a full main course from a choice of seafood, free-range meat or vegetarian. Desserts and cheese can be ordered from the menu.