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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Hilda Doolittle Poems
All Greece hates the still eyes in the white face, the lustre as of olives where she stands,
The Mysteries Remain
The mysteries remain, I keep the same cycle of seed-time and of sun and rain;
Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than my arms reach, you have mounted.
O wind, rend open the heat, cut apart the heat, rend it to tatters.
Where the slow river meets the tide, a red swan lifts red wings and darker beak,
Rose, harsh rose, marred and with stint of petals, meagre flower, thin, sparse of leaf,
1. Each of us like you has died once,
Whirl up, sea— Whirl your pointed pines. Splash your great pines On our rocks.
I have had enough. I gasp for breath. Every way ends, every road,
Over and back, the long waves crawl and track the sand with foam; night darkens, and the sea
Bear me to Dictaeus, and to the steep slopes; to the river Erymanthus.
O Hymen king. Hymen, O Hymen king, what bitter thing is this?
Are you alive? I touch you. You quiver like a sea-fish. I cover you with my net.
I should have thought in a dream you would have brought some lovely, perilous thing, orchids piled in a great sheath,
(4 April 1928 - 28 May 2014)
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Edgar Allan Poe
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All Greece hates
the still eyes in the white face,
the lustre as of olives
where she stands,
and the white hands.
All Greece reviles
the wan face when she smiles,
hating it deeper still
when it grows wan and white,
remembering past enchantments
and past ills.
Greece sees, unmoved,
God's daughter, born of love,
the beauty of cool feet
and slenderest knees,
could love indeed the maid,
only if she were laid,
white ash amid funereal cypresses.