Hilda Doolittle Poems
- Helen All Greece hates the still eyes in the white ...
- The Mysteries Remain The mysteries remain, I keep the ...
- Sea Rose Rose, harsh rose, marred and with stint of petals,...
- Heat O wind, rend open the heat, cut apart the heat, rend ...
- Pear Tree Silver dust lifted from the earth, higher than ...
- Leda Where the slow river meets the tide, a red swan ...
- Sheltered Garden I have had enough. I gasp for breath. ...
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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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.