But what of Walt Whitman? Was he a ghost, with all his physicality?
He was critical of Western rationalists and very critical of Whitman. Lawrence, considered a genius by himself and his peers, falls short in his essay. This shortfall is due in part to his faulty logic. The bewilderment begins at the opening paragraph.
Claims are made that Whitman is "the greatest of the Americans" and "one of the greatest poets of the world. This could be considered begging the question: Another troubling fallacy, a self contradiction, occurs in paragraphs one and two; after heaping praise on Whitman, he contradicts himself: Lawrence begins paragraph three with a hasty generalization — "All the Americans… seem to have been conscious of making a breach in the established order.
The syntax of the argument suffices; but the major premise, that all Americans are conscious of bucking the status quo, needs evidence. Again, Lawrence provides none — he instead fills the page by reiterating the claim in different words.
In paragraphs eight and nine, Lawrence claims, in a nutshell, that American authors are sentimental and that most European authors are not. Again, he returns to faulty deductive reasoning to hook readers. Below is the syllogism of this deductive reasoning.
All Americans use the mind to control the senses. Using the mind to control the senses ruins both life and art.
Lawrence is jumping to conclusions. This deductive reasoning is written off because 1. The major premise is not evident. The minor premise is part of a larger hasty generalization. The conclusion cannot logically follow premises that are unsupported.
A deductive reasoning in the vein of the previous example occurs on page His minor premise, that all Americans have had a sense of guilt when bucking the status quo, is again a hasty generalization.
On top of this, Lawrence suppresses his major premise, leaving the reader and the critic to their own devices. When Lawrence finally presents the reader with evidence, he misinterprets or even contradicts the evidence.
The most glaring example of this is the first quote from Whitman on page Nothing could be further from the truth. Take, for example, this excerpt from page Lawrence makes generalizations about Americans, Europeans, Greeks and Christians but leaves no room in his paragraphs for explanations or logic.
Lawrence proves his logic somewhat at the bottom of page No hard evidence, such as a quote, comment or text excerpt from an author on the list — just the list in itself suffices for Lawrence.
Lawrence seems to revel in circular reasoning, as page suggests: At last the lower centers are conquered. At last the lowest plane is submitted to the highest.
At last there is nothing more to conquer. Supreme spiritual consciousness, and the divine drunkenness of supreme consciousness. A final, but glaring, example of repetition occurs in the closing paragraph.
Lawrence also contradicts himself on page There is still another contradiction, pulled from the same quote as the previous example: These contradictions no doubt leave the reader confused, begging for an explanation.
Lawrence then goes for the jugular and engages in name calling — slang, if you will.A prolific novelist, poet, short story writer, essayist, and painter, D.H. (David Herbert) Lawrence was born in Eastwood, Nottinghamshire in Lawrence’s childhood was spent in poverty; his father was a coal miner, and his mother a former school teacher.
Lawrence attended the University of. Study Guide for The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence. The Poetry of D.H. Lawrence study guide contains a biography of D.H. Lawrence, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis. Before D.H. Lawrence deemed him "the greatest and the first and the only American teacher" and Ezra Pound called him the "pig-headed father" with whom he had to come to terms, Whitman recognized his own position as an American literary pioneer.
D.H. Lawrence, Walt Whitman and The Open Road The great home of the Soul is the open road. The following excerpt is from an essay of Walt Whitman by D.H.
Lawrence in Studies in Classic American Literature published in D.H. Lawrence on Whitman: This 3-page paper explores the logic of Lawrence's thoughts on Whitman.
In his essay on Whitman in the text, D.H. Lawrence seems to have admiration for Whitman and his writing, and at the same time he has philosophic differences in how he approaches descriptions of the physical self, especially relations .
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