D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)
Things to Consider:
- Depiction of Sexuality
- Consciousness of Class
- Influence of Sigmund Freud
- According to the editors, what did Lawrence seek to
express in his poetry and fiction?
"Odour of Chrysanthemums" (1911)
- What is the "insurgent naked
throb of the instant moment" (qtd. 1287)?
- Why doesn't Elizabeth like the smell of chrysanthemums?
- How is foreshadowing employed on this page?
- Why has Walter's mother arrived? Does she
- Does it seem Elizabeth would prefer Walter to be dead or
- Why is there a "cold, deathly smell of chrysanthemums in
the room" (1297)?
- Explain: "He was dead, and her living flesh had no
place against his" (1300).
- Explain: "In fear and shame she looked at his naked
body, that she had known falsely" (1300).
- Explain the final sentence.
Other Discussion Questions:
- Explain the interaction between the colt and the train.
- What is a pit-bank?
- What is a colliery?
- Who is Walter?
- What is the "Lord Nelson"? (See also the "Prince o'
- How much is a half-sovereign worth?
- Why does Lawrence wait so long to introduce the main
- Explain the significance of John being "almost hidden in
the shadow"? (See also his description as "almost lost in the
- What does "rounding with maternity" mean?
- Why has Elizabeth gone to the Rigleys' house?
- Why does seeing twelve shoes make Elizabeth say "No
- Why does Elizabeth tell her child, "There's nothing to
make a fuss about" (1298)?
- Explain: "He was impregnable" (1299).
- Explain: "The child was like ice in her womb" (1300).
- Explain: "I have been fighting a husband who did
not exist" (1300).
- Explain: "If they met there, in the beyond, they
would only be ashamed of what had been before" (1301).