Q. Explain Lawrence’s remarks. “It is strange, the incompatibility of death with life. It is one or the other”.
Ans. In this essay “Whistling of Birds” Lawrence attempts to define life and death as two opposed states, two opposite worlds which 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 descend:;, it kills the enrili. 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. 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 philosop cally defended. They should be ,understood as an attempt to describe the impressions produced by the onslaught of winter and the coming of spring.