“Discord in Childhood,” by the British poet D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930), is a poem at least as interesting for its sound effects as for its content. It is a work that illustrates how a skillful writer can intensify meanings through sounds, imagery, diction, and structure. Even the title of the text is memorable in its sounds and rhythms: the words “Discord” and “Childhood” both feature strongly accented first syllables as well as heavy emphasis, through alliteration, on the consonant “d.” It is as if Lawrence wants to stress the similarities between the...
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