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A Brief Guide to Imagism
Brooks, H. D., and Rukeyser: Three Women Poets in the First Century of World Wars
by Marilyn Hacker
Groundbreaking Book: Trilogy 1944-1946 by H. D. (1973)
Shot Through with Brightness: The Poems of H. D.
by Marie Ponsot
A Brief Guide to Modernism
Other Imagism Poets
Amy Lowell
D. H. Lawrence
William Carlos Williams
Other Modernist Poets
E. E. Cummings
Ezra Pound
Gertrude Stein
Hart Crane
Marianne Moore
Mina Loy
T. S. Eliot
Wallace Stevens
William Carlos Williams
Related Poets
Marianne Moore
External Links
(H. D.) Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961)
A collection of critical, historical, and biographical information at the Modern American Poetry site.
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H. D.
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H. D.

On September 10, 1886, Hilda Doolittle was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. She attended Bryn Mawr, as a classmate of Marianne Moore, and later the University of Pennsylvania where she befriended Ezra Pound and William Carlos Williams.

She travelled to Europe in 1911, intending to spend only a summer, but remained abroad for the rest of her life.

Through Pound, H. D. grew interested in and quickly became a leader of the Imagist movement. Some of her earliest poems gained recognition when they were published by Harriet Monroe in Poetry.

Her work is characterized by the intense strength of her images, economy of language, and use of classical mythology. Her poems did not receive widespread appreciation and acclaim during her lifetime, in part because her name was associated with the Imagist movement even as her voice had outgrown the movement's boundaries, as evidenced by her book-length works, Trilogy and Helen in Egypt.

As Alicia Ostriker said in American Poetry Review, "H.D. by the end of her career became not only the most gifted woman poet of our century, but one of the most original poets—the more I read her the more I think this—in our language."

Neglect of H. D. can also be attributed to her times, as many of her poems spoke to an audience which was unready to respond to the strong feminist principles articulated in her work. She died in 1961.

A Selected Bibliography

Poetry

Sea Garden (1916)
The God (1917)
Translations (1920)
Hymen (1921)
Heliodora and Other Poems (1924)
Hippolytus Temporizes (1927)
Red Roses From Bronze (1932)
The Walls Do Not Fall (1944)
Tribute to the Angels (1945)
Trilogy (1946)
Flowering of the Rod (1946)
By Avon River (1949)
Helen in Egypt (1961)
Hermetic Definition (1972)

Prose

Notes on Thought and Vision (1919)
Paint it Today (written 1921, published 1992)
Asphodel (written 1921-22, published 1992))
Palimpsest (1926)
Kora and Ka (1930)
Nights (1935)
The Hedgehog (1936)
Tribute to Freud (1956)
Bid Me to Live (1960)
End to Torment (1979)
HERmione (1981)
The Gift (1982)

Poems by
H. D.

Helen in Egypt, Eidolon, Book III: 4
Helen in Egypt, Pallinode, Books I & III
At Baia
Heat
Helen
Lais
Moonrise
Orchard
Oread
Pear Tree
Prayer
Sea Rose
Sitalkas
Song
Stars Wheel in Purple
The Helmsman
The Pool

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