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In Thought, Words and Creativity (1976), F. R. Leavis refuted T. S. Eliot's well-known stricture that Lawrence had 'an incapacity for what we ordinarily call thinking', showing how what may appear initially to be anti-rationalist and unproductive in his work is actually integral to it and evidence of imaginative thought of the highest order:
. . . 'Art speech is the only speech', bears not only on those imaginative creations of his that are in the full sense creative works, but on his discursive writings too; it is a conclusion . . . of the most important kind about the nature of thought.
And indeed, much of the best Lawrence criticism of the last two decades has …