The naturalist theology of D. H. Lawrence
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This chapter considers the work of D. H. Lawrence that must observe the lively endurance of that aspect of the romantic tradition which positively affirmed the private sensibility. Lawrence's fiction moves from sardonic humor to rage against the perversion of life by the false sensibility. Actually Lawrence's fiction is episodic in structure rather than dramatic. His stories don't point toward a pyramidal conclusion, but rather make cyclical patterns of tension and release in a series like that of natural recurrence. Lawrence makes his own comment briefly in the prefatory note to Women in Love. "In point of style, fault is often found with the continual, slightly modified repetition. The only answer is that it is natural to the author; and that every natural crisis in emotion or passion or understanding comes from this pulsing, frictional to-and-fro which works up in culmination".