A Peach and Its Core - An Analysis of Peach by D. H. Lawrence

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A Peach and Its Core

--An Analysis of Peach by D.H. Lawrence



What will you think of, when you eat a fruit, like a peach? I think many people's answer would be nothing at all. However, a peach triggers some poetic romance in D.H. Lawrence, and some beautiful verses are thus created. The poem Peach was brainless at first glance--this is indeed not an impenetrable poem, but it renders a significant thought that the creations of nature, even the most unconscious ones, has the beauty that no artificial objects can ever achieve.

The poem itself in free verse is modernist, defying conventional structured form and the language is more prose than scanned lines - the whole poem is a kick at traditional attitudes and the Victorians were not traditionalists but reactionaries regarding their attitudes to sex, so this is a complex revolutionary poem and extemely modern for its time.

The poem is intensely modernist. Not only does D H Lawrence take an everyday activity (eating a peach) and unpack unsuspected and surprising meaning from it. Lawrence suggests that the simple pleasure of eating a peach may be connected with the way that the peach hasn't been manufactured. Nature's beauty is embodied in its imperfection because there are no straight lines or perfect shape in nature. It exists randomly and obliquely. After we stepped onto this world mankind has been finding all ways to be 'perfect', as defined by them. This is nature's definition of perfection, or perhaps working towards a common goal of being perfect. Why do we have to turn that 180 degrees and make straight lines all over the world? We grasp our pencils and place the rulers on that sheet of paper and zoom the line goes straight and "perfect". We connect the dots...