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David Herbert Lawrence an English novelist and poet ranked among the most influential and controversial literary figures of the twentieth century Lawrence was born on September 11th 1885 in Eastwood Nottinghamshire He abandoned traditional poetic form and advocated the use of free verse The two poems being discussed Bavarian Gentians and Ship of Death were both written near the time of Lawrences death He had been suffering from tuberculosis He is well aware that he is going to die soon and emphasizes the transition of time However the tone is different in both poems Bavarian Gentians was written before Ship of Death and it is seen that the emotions are more controlled in the former In the latter he is not sure of what is in store for him and there is great intensity of emotions resulting in some sections of the poem to get hysterical Both poems deal with the emotions felt during the journey to death and life thereafter In Bavarian Gentians the structure is far more neat compact and economical On the other hand in Ship of Death the structure is sprawling It seems to be a conglomeration of Lawrences thoughts put together as the come to his mind Ship of Death appears to be a long-winded poem and lacks the unity of Bavarian Gentians It is an incoherent poem Though both poems deal with the same subject the inspirations for both poems are entirely different Bavarian Gentians may have been inspired from the vase of showy blue flowers in Lawrences house as he lay a sick and dying man Lawrence was a nature poet and his excitement at describing these flowers has been implied Perhaps the descriptions are only to recapture the kind of emotions the flower evokes in sensitive people The image and inspiration for Ship of Death is derived from Etruscan Places where Lawrence describes how he saw the ship of death that should bear him to the
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