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What is the theme of the poem "How Beastly the Bourgeois Is" by D. H. Lawrence?

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The overriding theme of the poem is appearance v reality. On the surface, the bourgeoisie, especially the men, appear solid, respectable, decent, and "eminently presentable." But if you look beneath the surface it's a different story entirely: the bourgeoisie is rotten to the core. The bourgeois male is so stuck in his ways that, presented with any new life situation, any moral quandary or challenge to his limited understanding, he simply cannot cope. And so he goes all weak and soggy like a big wet meringue.

The bourgeoisie are supposed to be Britain's backbone, the very foundation of national strength. But Lawrence despises them for what he sees as their inherent weakness and...

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