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H. D.



Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961), who published under the pen name H.D., was an American poet and novelist known for her participation with the early twentieth-century avant-garde Imagist movement and for helping to define free verse. Many of her poems questioned conventional gender roles, and she used myth to reconstruct a mythic past for women.

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Helen in Egypt: Poetry

A fifty-line fragment by the poet Stesichorus of Sicily (c. 640-555 B.C.), what survives of his Pallinode, tells us almost all we know of this other Helen, and from it H. D. wove her book-length poem. The fabulous beauty of Helen of Troy is legendary.

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Hilda Doolittle Reads from “Helen in Egypt”

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Notes on Thought and Vision

Notes on Thought and Vision by Imagist poet H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is an aphoristic meditation on how one works toward an ideal body-mind synthesis; a contemplation of the sources of imagination and the creative process; and a study of gender differences H.D.

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5 Poems by H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)

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Trilogy

As civilian war poetry (written under the shattering impact of World War II). Trilogy's three long poems rank with T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets" and Ezra Pound's "Pisan Cantos.

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History's Headlines: Hilda Doolittle

Better known by her initials H.D., she was a poet who changed the course of modern verse. In 1901, the 15-year-old H.D. met a dashing young poet named Ezra Pound, who was to change her life. Later, a long trip to Greece created a new outlet for H.D. in the study of Greek mythology.

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Hilda Doolittle, a Bethlehem Biography

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Asphodel

"DESTROY," H.D. had pencilled across the title page of this autobiographical novel. Although the manuscript survived, it has remained unpublished since its completion in the 1920s. Regarded by many as one of the major poets of the modernist period, H.D.

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Hermione

HERmione is the semi-autobiographical tale of Hilda Doolittle's early twenties. A young, confused woman about to come of age, Hermione Gart is split between her old self and a new, true identity.

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The Gift: Novel

The connections and interconnections of past and present––the realization that life is a whole continuously echoing back to the past and unfolding toward the future––were sources of the strength, renewal, and joy celebrated in H.D.

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