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The last was originally The Changeful Animate: Men Whose Shape is Multiform (poem 5 in the original sequence), and the first two shared the heading The Inanimate that Changes Not in Shape (poem 4) with a short poem eventually published under the title Suburbs on a Hazy Day (53). Morning and Evening (poems 2 and 1) became, when published finally in New Poems (1918), Flat Suburbs, S. , in the Morning (50-1) and Parliament Hill in the Evening (142), while Men in the Morning (poem 3) became Morning Work (72).

The 'passionate woman' imagery is the same in the incomplete notebook version. The notebook, however, has one stanza which is missing in the 1916 and 1928 texts, and which renders the poem more easily intelligible by establishing the initial analogy between shadow and soul. H It seems possible that this stanza has been accidentally lost from the poem at some stage, and never properly restored, given the Early Poetry 21 abrupt jump between the fourth and fifth stanzas as they now stand. The T of the poem begins by standing on the bank of a pool watching his own 'white shadow' wavering on the surface; there is a divorce between body and soul implied, with the soul standing aloof like one of Lawrence's later spiritual women, or like the 'mystic queen' of Guelder Roses.

46 The 'torturing crude Monism' is presumably the Congregationalist Christianity Lawrence had grown out of even before his years at college. One of Jessie Chambers's brothers recalls how Lawrence, early in his visits to them, 'declared in favour of a sceptical materialism', to the distress of Jessie's chapel-going mother. 47 He does not seem to have stayed long, however, in this intermediary stage of 'Pragmatism'. One can see from Campions or The Wild Common how botanical study, rather than any religious or philosophical instruction as such ('live' philosophy, as Lawrence suggests), might help him to square his scientifically-influenced materialism with a need fed by a Congregationalist upbringing to have a world which is God-invested (in The Rainbow, Ursula has her religious revelation during a botany class at College48 ): producing presumably 'a sort of crude but appeasing' pantheism or pluralism.

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