One poem in which part of his life is portrayed is "What would you fight for?", in this poem he is describing what things he though were worth fighting for and which events were not as crucial:
I am not sure I would always fight for my life.
Life might not be worth fighting for.
I am not sure I would always fight for my wife.
A wife isn't always worth fighting for.
Nor my children, nor my country, nor my fellow-men.
It all depends whether I found them worth fighting for...
The first two lines of the passage imply that because his life was not always about happiness and joyful times, that he would probably not fight for it, because its not worth it if you know that there is another life possible out there that is better than your own . But because he says "might", that means that he has happy moments like the rest of the world, and may actually want to fight for it. This first line is repeated twice in his poem, implying that he is not sure. When he speaks of his wife he also says "isn't always", because he would often get into fights with his wife Frieda about her parents relationships. Towards the middle of the poem he realizes that he would not fight for something in his life that he knows what would only get him into trouble. He understands that his own country, children, and even his own father would be questionable for fighting for. This part of the poem makes Lawrence appear a little arrogant because it sounds like he is too good for these things that he takes for granite, and maybe he believes that he is of more importance. Lawrence also speaks of his financial life in this poem in which he states what "The only thing men invariably fight for Is their money. But I doubt if I'd fight for mine, anyhow not to shed a lot of blood over it."(Lawrence 7-9) Being raised poor was not an easy thing to be proud of, so that is the reason that he says that he will not like "shed", or talk anymore about how much money he actually has. He says that a lot of men would like to speak of there riches, not that Lawrence wouldn't like to be one of those people, but he cant say he's rich when he raised with four other siblings and know that there wasn't always a lot of money to be spend on them.
But as we follow the poem we realized that he only exaggerates in order to make a point that he would fight for something in his own life. And what would be nothing more than is own...