The harmony of conflict : the cosmology of Heracleitus in D. H. Lawrence's Women in love

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Richard C. Pipan (Creator)
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Randolph Bulgin

Abstract: It was the purpose of this study to relate the world view expressed within Women in Love to a cosmological order devised by the Greek philosopher Heracleitus as expressed in his work "On Nature." Women in Love contains a plethora of bipolar dichotomies which often reveal a world of conflict, tension and oscillating change. When the Heracleitian world order is superimposed on the conflicting forces operating in Lawrence's novel, an underlying unity or logos becomes apparent. Lawrence's strong affinity with Heracleltus' cosmology is traced throughout Women in Love and other selections from his writing. Lawrence's Intentional air of mysticism and choric suggestivity are compared to Heracleltus' oracular, often ambiguous statements. Both Lawrence and Heracleltus share perceptions of a dual plane of experience: one of the phenomenal world of physical, material forces and a second of noumenal, transcendental communion.

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Language: English
Date: 1975
Lawrence, D. H. $q (David Herbert), $d 1885-1930 $x Criticism and interpretation
Lawrence, D. H. $q (David Herbert), $d 1885-1930. $t Women in love
Heraclitus, $c of Ephesus $x Philosophy
Heraclitus, $c of Ephesus. $t Fragments

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