The Enkindled Spring

Original Text: 
D. H. Lawrence, Amores: Poems (London: Duckworth, [1921]): 94. PR 6023 A93A7 Robarts Library
1This spring as it comes bursts up in bonfires green,
3Thorn-blossom lifting in wreaths of smoke between
4Where the wood fumes up, and the flickering, watery rushes.
5I am amazed at this spring, this conflagration
6Of green fires lit on the soil of the earth, this blaze
11About like a shadow buffeted in the throng
12Of flames, a shadow that's gone astray, and is lost.

Notes

2] emerald: "green-fire" in the 1928 Collected Poems. Back to Line
7] sparks: "smoke-puffs" in the 1928 Collected Poems. Back to Line
8] streaming: "blowing" in the 1928 Collected Poems. Back to Line
9] fountain: "sort" in the 1928 Collected Poems. Back to Line
10] The last three lines are revised by Lawrence in the 1928 Collected Poems as follows:
This conflagration of spring? the gap in it all!
Not even palish smoke like the rest of the throng.
Less than the wind that runs to the flamy call!
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Publication Start Year: 
1921
Publication Notes: 
see Roberts A9
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 2000.
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