D.H. Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire, England, on September
11, 1885. He attended Beauvale Board School (now renamed Greasley Beauvale D. H.
Lawrence Primary School in his honor). He became the first local pupil to win a County
Council scholarship to Nottingham High School in Nottingham. He left in 1901, working as a junior clerk at Haywood's surgical appliances factory, but a severe case of pneumonia ended this career. Lawrence went on to become a full-time student and received a teaching certificate from University College, Nottingham, in 1908. He created sixteen poems in his lifetime including Baby Tortoise, Moonrise, and How Beastly the
Bourgeois Is. With a long life of suffering from tuberculosis, Lawrence died in 1930 in
France, at the age of 44.
Lawrence wrote during 20th-century English literature. I have read Baby Tortoise,
Trees in the Garden, and Whales Weep Not! Baby Tortoise addresses being born alone to fend for yourself and how hard it is to be on your own. The poem says “The first day to heave your feet little by little from the shell, Not yet awake, And remain lapsed on earth, Not quite alive. Lawrence speaks about life and how beautiful it is even from birth.
Trees in the garden addresses beauty in nature. The poem says “And the ghostly, creamy coloured little tree of leaves white, ivory white among the rambling greens how evanescent, variegated elder, she hesitates on the green grass as if, in another moment, she would disappear with all her grace of foam!” He talks about how beautiful nature is and that it could