D.H. Lawrence

D.H. Lawrence Poems

D.H. Lawrence was an English writer and one of the most important poets and novelists of the 20th century. His work often explored the increasingly detrimental effects of industrialization and its influence on morality. His novels include Sons and Lovers and Lady Chatterley’s Lover. Read more about the English writer and D.H. Lawrence’s best poems.

Afternoon in School: The Last Lesson

by D.H. Lawrence

‘Afternoon in School: The Last Lesson’ by D.H. Lawrence is told from the perspective of a teacher exhausted with his thoughtless class of students.

When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?

How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart

My pack of unruly hounds: I cannot start

Them again on a quarry of knowledge they hate to hunt,

The Best of School

by D.H. Lawrence

D. H. Lawrence’s ‘The Best of School’ describes a teacher’s growing wonder as he watches his students make discoveries in the course of their studies.

This poem is an excellent showcase of Lawrence's flair for metaphor and expressive imagery. It also provides a complement to another school poem of his, 'The Last Lesson.'

The blinds are drawn because of the sun,

And the boys and the room in a colourless gloom

Of underwater float: bright ripples run

Across the walls as the blinds are blown


Week-night Service

by D.H. Lawrence

‘Week-night Service’ creates a vivid scene of a church at night. The sound of bells disturbs the otherwise quiet church yard and the nature that surrounds it.

This poem provides a vivid look at D.H. Lawrence's distinctive writing style. It is not his most famous work, but it is a highly accomplished poem. Its use of personification and imagery, in particular, are carefully constructed and striking. The poem's ambiguity makes it rewarding for readers who return to it again and again.

The five old bells

Are hurrying and eagerly calling,

Imploring, protesting

They know, but clamorously falling

Last Lesson of the Afternoon

by D.H. Lawrence

‘Last Lesson of the Afternoon’ portrays a disillusioned teacher’s weariness with unengaged students and the futility of teaching.

This poem is a good representation of DH Lawrence's poems in terms of its themes and style. Lawrence often explores themes of disillusionment, frustration, and the struggle for personal fulfillment within societal constructs. The poem captures the weariness and emotional detachment of the speaker, which are recurring themes in Lawrence's works. The use of imagery, rhetorical questions, and introspection also align with Lawrence's poetic style.

When will the bell ring, and end this weariness?

How long have they tugged the leash, and strained apart,

My pack of unruly hounds! I cannot start

Them again on a quarry of knowledge they hate to hunt,

Bei Hennef

by D.H. Lawrence

Lawrence’s ‘Bei Hennef’ describes the effect twilight has to clear a speaker’s mind and make him see the strength of his love. 

Love on the Farm

by D.H. Lawrence

‘Love on the Farm’ by D.H. Lawrence is a poem about the universality of love, passion, and death. Lawrence depicts these elements through the various lives observable on a farm.

What large, dark hands are those at the window

Lifted, grasping the golden light

Which weaves its way through the creeper leaves

                    To my heart’s delight?

Explore more poems from D.H. Lawrence


by D.H. Lawrence

‘Perfidy’ by D.H. Lawrence describes a speaker’s depression over what he considers a betrayal on the part of the woman he loves. 


by D.H. Lawrence

‘Piano’ by D.H. Lawrence is a powerful and emotional poem about the past. It uses childhood memories and nostalgia to move the reader.

Winter in the Boulevard

by D.H. Lawrence

‘Winter in the Boulevard’ by D.H. Lawrence describes the coming of the winter frost and the perilous position it places all life on the boulevard.


by D.H. Lawrence

‘Winter-Lull’ by D.H. Lawrence describes a snow covered battlefield and the silence plaguing a group of soldiers during WWI. 

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