In the quotation adapted for the title, writing to a publisher who wanted to change his poetry, Lawrence likens his capacity to attract controversy to a self-identifying "flag" (1993b, 249) - a banner that made him recognizable to a minority public and to himself, a standard which became inseparable from his sense of mission as a writer. The later Lawrence set out to assault his readers' and even his own sensibilities; he rode into battle under a banner of disturbing class proprieties and offending standards of acceptability. In this respect, he repeatedly crossed frontiers, an image I address later in this essay. I am not primarily concerned with cenqorship as a constitutional or human rights issue, or with the legal history of censorship. My limited perspective comes from editing Lawrence's Poems for the Cambridge University Press edition of his works.
Windows to the Sun: D. H. Lawrence's "Thought-Adventures" p. 165-186