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Theme: Bad Times
Herbert Lawrence was a poet, playwright, novelist . . . a
is best known as a novelist, his most well-known being Lady
Chatterley's Lover, first
published in 1928. The third, and most sexually-explicit
this novel, was not published until almost 30 years after his death
due to censorship issues (in 1959 in the U.S. and 1960 in his native
England). Lawrence is considered today to be a major figure
stanza): Persephone: (Greek mythology) is the daughter of
Demeter (earth goddess) and Zeus, who was abducted by Hades (god of
the underworld) but rescued by her mother and thereafter spent six
months of the year on earth and six months in the underworld, thus
giving us the seasons of Spring/Summer and Fall/Winter. “The
portion to the gods”, later modernized as “the angels' share”, refers
to the practice of leaving a bit of wine in a goblet, bottle,
cask . . . for divine partaking.
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Lawrence (1885–1930), English poet
sun sets out the autumn crocuses
fills them up a pouring measure
death-producing wine, till treasure
waste down their chalices.
all Persephone’s pale cups of mold
on the board, are over-filled
portion to the gods is spilled;
mortals all, take hold!
time is now, the wine-cup full and full
lambent heaven, a pledging-cup;
now all mortal men take up
drink, and a long, strong pull.
of the hell-queen’s cup, the heaven’s pale wine -
then, invisible heroes, drink.
to the vessels, never shrink,
to the heavens incline.
take within the wine the god’s great oath
heaven and earth and hellish stream
break this sick and nauseous dream
writhe and lust in, both.
in the pale wine poured from the cups of the
hell, to wake and be free
this nightmare we writhe in,
out of this foul has-been.
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