D. H. Lawrence World Literature Analysis - Essay

D. H. Lawrence World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

In an essay entitled “The State of Funk,” Lawrence discusses his moral vision as an artist:My field is to know the feelings inside a man, and to make new feelings conscious. What really torments civilised people is that they are full of feelings they know nothing about; they can’t realise them, they can’t fulfil them, they can’t live them. And so they are tortured. It is like having energy you can’t use—it destroys you. And feelings are a form of vital energy.

In Lawrence’s worldview, people either possess or lack vital energy—that is to say, anima, or spirit. Those whose vital spark fires into passionate energy are truly alive; the rest—those whose natural feelings are dulled by the...

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