St. Mawr | Study Guide

D.H. Lawrence

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D.H. Lawrence

St. Mawr



Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"St. Mawr" has an omniscient third-person narrator.


"St. Mawr" is written in the past tense.

About the Title

The story's main character is Lou, but St. Mawr is a horse that the main character purchased. St. Mawr catches Lou's attention and imagination because of his beauty and untamed nature. D.H. Lawrence uses St. Mawr's qualities as metaphors for the nature of relationships between men and women and for the metaphysical reality of humans versus nature.

The early 1900s were a time of transition in the relationship between horses and humans. The horse population increased during World War I (1914–1918), and many horses were used in the conflict's European battles. By the 1920s the practical uses for horses declined as more farmers switched to tractors, so riding horses became more recreational.


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