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The Number 15 tram was known for the interesting people you could meet on it going into town from Rathgar.

The Number 15 tram was known for the interesting people you could meet on it going into town from Rathgar.

As a student in the 1950's I used to sit beside a man who was one of DH Lawrence's closest friends. Lawrence said about him that he was "the only one left in England to whom I can talk openly".

The man was Gordon Campbell (Lord Glenavy) who lived in a mansion in Ticknock.

He had returned to Ireland after serving as Churchill's private secretary, to throw in his lot with the Irish government in the running of the newly established Irish Free State by becoming a senator. Campbell had mixed with the literary set around DH Lawrence who had once asked him to leave England and live on "An Isle of the Blessed" which he had named rananim and where they and some others might create a new intellectual movement.

Campbell, however, preferred to remain a senator and live in Ticknock with his wife, the painter Beatrice Glenavy.

DH Lawrence's novels had a reputation in the public eye of writing the sort of things you would pick up in Paris from guy looking over his shoulder in fear of the gendarmerie.

The books had been banned in many bookshops.

In fact nowadays some of Lawrence's novels like Sons and Lovers and Women in Love have become recognised as among the greatest written in the twentieth century.

Not many people know that DH Lawrence had published more verse than any other important writer of his time.

Here is one of his poems which answer the questions as to what is pornography and what is not.

It is a beautiful picture in words about the human body, just as Rubens or Manet might have portrayed it on canvas.


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