H.D. (1886 - 1961).
W o r k
- pioneered the modernist poetry: contributed to Imagism, Vorticism, & other such movements
- concerned with the experience of a woman and the psyche adrift in a violent and insecure reality
- felt the tension btw the private x public sphere, submission x resistance, compliance x rebellion
- followed E. Pound to England with a lady who was in love with Pound and whom she was in love with > created a pattern of emotionally charged and somewhat restrained bisexuality working for her
- used images from nature: the austere landscapes of sea, sand, and wind x the exotic flowers, shells, and jewellery
- contrasted sterility x fruitfulness, intellect x passion, control x abandon, grief x joy
- an imagist:
(a) vivid phrasing, compelling imagery, no abstraction, and no generalisation
(b) free verse and a short poetic line
Sea Garden (1916):
= a collection of her poems published originally in little magazines and anthologies
= a collection of her poems in a new boldly meditative style
Helen in Egypt (1961):
= an epic poem inspired by Greek poetry and Homer’s Helen of his Iliad
- a feminist deconstruction of male-centered epic poetry
- a female response to E. Pound's Cantos
"No one knows the colour of a flower / till it is broken".
AuthorH(ilda) D(oolittle). (1886 - 1961). American.
WorkPoet. One of the expatriates.
GenresModernism. Imagism. Vorticism.
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