The Philosophy of ‘Fish’

Knowledge, Christianity, and Humanity in D. H. Lawrence’s Poem

  • Helena Hastings-Gayle Aarhus University
Keywords: identity, knowledge, experience, philosophy, animals, Christianity, humanity, Reading Animals


Animals occupy a unique form of experience relative to our own. Our encounters with them often lead to contemplations of human perspective and identity. This essay analyses the human-animal encounter in D.H. Lawrence’s poem ‘Fish’ and the speaker's approaches in comprehending the other. The essay extrapolates this to explore ideas of knowledge and identify the poem's challenges to anthropomorphic perspectives and Christian principles

How to Cite
Hastings-Gayle, H. (2019). The Philosophy of ‘Fish’. Leviathan: Interdisciplinary Journal in English, (4), 29-37.