Whistling of Birds by D.H. Lawrence - BA Modern English Essays

Whistling of Birds by D.H. Lawrence - BA Modern English Essays
Whistling of Birds by D.H. Lawrence
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Q. How does Lawrence contracts and spring in his essay “Whistling of Birds”?
Ans. In his essay “Whistling of Birds”, Lawrence describes the destruction that winter brings to the birds and then the new life that comes with spring.
In severe winter when frost covers the earth, birds begin to die. Their torn partly-eaten bloody bodies lay scattered in fields and under hedges. The sweet silvery whistling of the birds is heard nowhere. There is death and frost and silence. The earth is dead and the music makers of nature are either dead or silent.
Then one day, the frost begins to turn soft and melt. The winter in on the run. The doves, the thrushes, and all the other birds who have survived the deadly winter know it. They begin to coo and whistle. At first, their song is faint and feeble and broken. But gradually it becomes strong and sure and triumphant.
One is rather shocked at the first whistle of birds. How could they begin to sing when the torn bloody bodies of dead birds can be seen everywhere. But they have no choice as we have no choice. The spring has come and they have to welcome it, and rejoice in the new life that has taken hold of them.
Q. Explain Lawrence’s remarks. “Ii strange, e incompatibility of death with life. It is one or the other.”
Ans. In this essay, Whistling of Birds” Lawrence attempts to def life and death as two opposed states, two opposite words never coexist. While there is life, there is no death. It is all life and happiness. When there is death, there is death on all sides, complete and overwhelming.
Death is silence, darkness, and destruction. When it demands, it kills the earth. It enters the souls of living things apparently putting an end to all warmth and music of life. But perhaps it cannot touch the core of life within us.
Life reasserts, and then there is no death. The destruction and death which has been caused cannot hold back the march of life. The blackbird cannot stop its song and mourn for the dead. Neither can we. The song comes from within us, from the core of life in our impulses. We may hesitate, for a moment perhaps, to acknowledge the rebirth of life but we cannot resist it. It comes upon us from the unknown and takes hold of us. The world of death is dead, and the dead must be buried. Where life is, death is not.
Lawrence's ideas of life and death may not be rationally and philosophically defended. They should be understood as an attempt to describe the impressions produced by the onslaught of winter and the coming of spring.

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