Following the link from A&L Daily:
The New Yorker has a review this week of a new biography of D.H Lawrence. Opinions of Lawrence seem to follow a similar line of the comments following the Hoagland poem. "People talking about Lawrence sound like his own quarrelsome couples: they hate him, they say, or they love him, or both."
Other quotations from the article.
Henry Miller: “Lawrence hits so directly at our weaknesses that we rush to the attack upon his weaknesses.”
Martin Amis: "When I reflect that D. H. Lawrence, perhaps the most foul-tempered writer of all time (beater of women and animals, racist, anti-Semite, etc., etc.), was also, perhaps, the most extravagantly slapdash exponent of language, I feel the lure of some immense generalisation about probity and prose.
The article concludes his weakness as a person led to his strengths as a writer.