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Hermetic Definition: Poetry
H. D.’s (Hilda Doolittle, 1884-1961) late poems of search and longing represent the mature achievement of a poet who has come increasingly to be recognized as one of the most important of her generation. The title poem and other long pieces in this collection ("Sagesse" and "Winter Love") were written between 1957 and her death four years later, and are heretofore unpublis ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 17th 1972 by New Directions
(first published January 1st 1972)
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Well, this is quite something. The theological seminary/library where I'm polishing up a couple of forthcoming texts is walking distance from H.D.'s grave. This morning I stood for a moment waiting for a sneeze which did not come, much to my chagrin, en route to my desk. In preparing for the sneeze I tilted my head in a way that brought me to a row of H.D. texts. I'm keeping this one and Trilogy by my desk for when I take my breaks and feel neither like walking anywhere/seeing anyone. I take a b ...more
An innovative modernist writer, Hilda Doolittle (1886–1961) wrote under her initials in a career that stretched from 1909 to 1961. Although she is most well known for her poetry—lyric and epic—H.D. also wrote novels, memoirs, short stories, essays, reviews, a children’s book, and translations. An American woman who lived her adult life abroad, H.D. was engaged in the formalist experimentation that ...moreMore about H.D....