D.H. Lawrence and Self-Pity

The English poet and author D.H. Lawrence lived a life on the edges of his society’s norms.  In such a position, he was naturally critical of some characteristics of the society in which he lived.  His poem “Self-Pity,” as mentioned in this article on Slovakia being just right, which is a follow up on this article on Slovak wines and the tendency in Slovakia to strive to be second rate – identifies self-pity as a uniquely human feeling, and perhaps a uniquely human weakness.



By D.H. Lawrence


I never saw a wild thing

sorry for itself.

A small bird will drop frozen dead from a bough

without ever having felt sorry for itself.


The poem was featured in the sometimes brutal film GI Jane. “Self – Pity” is being recited below in this You Tube clip.



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Allan Stevo writes on Slovak culture at www.52inSk.com.  He is from Chicago and spends most of his time travelling Europe and writing.  You can find more of his writing at www.AllanStevo.com.  If you enjoyed this post, please use the buttons below to like it on Facebook or to share it with your friends by email.  You can sign up for emails on Slovak culture from 52 Weeks in Slovakia by clicking here.

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