On D.H. Lawrence’s ‘The Rainbow’

Was woman made of man, or man of woman?
Is life numinous or are we mere automaton?

If the latter, then what keeps the ‘forces’ unified?
So, no, it’s consummation: Being multiplied

Infinite times, so oneness with the infinite.
These are the themes ‘The Rainbow’ holds within it…

Ursula’s mental independence, elicited,
Makes her reject her pervert teacher Winifred,

As well as the women’s movement, brought to life
Solely by men’s weakness. Yet no wife,

She can’t find a man who’s free of stale bureaucracy;
And so she grows to bitterly hate democracy.

D.H. Lawrence’s The Trespasser

This story is based on real events (its Wagnerian echoes seem forced).
Helena is a modern girl who flees both cold and warmth;

An anemone, to her, is just a kaleidoscopic shape
But, for her lover Siegmund, is a thing to evaluate;

He gets beneath its skin; but the flesh is distasteful to her,
She is positively anaemic, exhausts her passions in a blur,

Til Siegmund’s violin is the only thing that still remains of him.
The cold condemning eyes of his wife, the grave eyes of his children

No longer matter now, for he is in an empty place
(Niflheim, limbo) forgetting Helena’s empty face.