Hilda Doolittle Poems
- Sea Rose Rose, harsh rose, marred and with stint of petals,...
- Helen All Greece hates the still eyes in the white ...
- The Mysteries Remain The mysteries remain, I keep the ...
- Pear Tree Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than ...
- Oread Whirl up, sea— Whirl your pointed pines. Splash ...
- Heat O wind, rend open the heat, cut apart the heat, rend ...
- Leda Where the slow river meets the tide, a red swan ...
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 the then emerging Imagism movement. A charismatic figure, she was championed by the modernist poet Ezra Pound, ... more »
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Rose, harsh rose,
marred and with stint of petals,
meagre flower, thin,
sparse of leaf,
than a wet rose
single on a stem --
you are caught in the drift.
Stunted, with small leaf,
you are flung on the sand,
you are lifted
in the crisp sand
that drives in the wind.
Can the spice-rose
drip such acrid fragrance
hardened in a leaf?