The elevation of environment in Lawrence
George Marinapolous, English 171, Sages and Satirists, Brown University, 2002
Does it pass away, or does it only lose its pristine quality? It deepens and intensifies, like experience. The days seem to be darker and richer, there is a sense of power in the strong air. On the banks by the lake the orchids are out, many, many pale bee-orchids standing clear from the short grass over the lake. And in the hollows are the grape hyacinths, purple as noon, with the heavy, sensual fragrance of noon. They are many-breasted, and full of milk, and ripe, and sun-darkened, like many-breasted Diana. (page 83)
1. Does the anthropomorphism used to describe nature go beyond the realm of description and into the realm of the transcendental?
2. By using sensual language to describe the process that nature undergoes during springtime is Lawrence effectively conveying a sense of the environment he is in?
3. Why do you think that Lawrence has chosen to focus on such an elevated view of his travels while ignoring certain details?