Hilda Doolittle

(10 September 1886 – 27 September 1961 / Bethlehem, Pennsylvania)

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H.D. (born Hilda Doolittle) was an American poet, novelist and memoirist known for her association with the early 20th century avant-garde Imagist group of poets such as Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington. The Imagist model was based on the idioms, rhythms and clarity of common speech, and freedom to choose subject matter as the writer saw fit. H.D.'s later writing developed on this aesthetic to incorporate a more female-centric version of modernism.

H.D. was born in Pennsylvania in 1886, and moved to London in 1911 where her publications earned her a central role within ... more »

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  • ''I have lain
    with strange lovers;
    each one was your
    power and steadiness
    that grew luminous.''
    Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Dodona."
  • ''Your anger charms me,
    and yet all the time
    I think of chaste, slight hands,
    veined snow.''
    Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Hyacinth."
  • ''What do I care
    that the stream is trampled,
    the sand on the stream-bank
    still holds the print of your foot:
    the heel is cut deep.''
    Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Pursuit."
  • ''I watch the white stars darken;
    the day comes and the
    white stars dim
    and lessen
    and the lights fade in the city.''
    Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "The Shepherd."
  • ''God of the people,
    no clod is too base for your thought,
    who made all will not cripple
    the mind with injunction.''
    Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Dodona."
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