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Collected Poems, 1912-1944

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Of special significance are the "Uncollected and Unpublished Poems (1912-1944)," the third section of the book, written mainly in the 1930s, during H. D.'s supposed "fallow" period. As these pages reveal, she was in fact writing a great deal of important poetry at the time, although publishing only a small part of it. The later, wartime poems in this section form an essent ...more
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Published February 17th 1986 by New Directions (first published 1944)
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Laura
Jun 21, 2007 rated it it was amazing
I remember my first semester at Temple when Rachel made us make a sound map of "red roses for bronze" so that we could see the sexy hidden poem inside. H.D. encoded her internal self in basic sounds in many of these poems. the attention to sound emerges in forests. small snapping branches under the waving breath of trees. the tension between her and nature, between her and her ungendered other is very personal territory that she turns into a completely new landscape that a reader occupies. not b ...more
Andee Schuck
As I walked through the library during finals week, bored and re-looking for the misplaced version of my favorite copy of "The Complete Works of T.S. Eliot" I said to myself, "Andee, you can't find this copy because you can't keep reading Eliot over and over; read something else."

I browsed through the library's scant collection of postmodern poetry. I looked over some poems written in German. I eyed the contemporary section at a distance. Skimmed through the e.e. cummings collections. I even sa
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Jon Corelis
Jan 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Belongs in every poetry library

***** A Five Star Poetry Book: Recommended for All Readers

H. D. (Hilda Doolittle) was a key poet in the modernist poetic revolution of the early twentieth century, and though she continued to produce excellent work throughout her life, she is still best remembered for the early lyrics which introduced a unique style and consciousness into modern poetry. Her work is severely elegant, and clearly attempts to re-create the austere, vivid effect of ancient Greek lyric,
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Annette Boehm
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry
H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) was an important figure in Modernism, one of the first Imagists, friends with Ezra Pound, Sigmund Freud, and D.H. Lawrence, and in this collection -- though it contains by no means all of her writing -- you can sense the influence and synergy from all of these interactions.
I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars because I personally am not a big fan of poetry that relies heavily on the reader's knowledge of classical / Greek drama, and a good part of the poems in this collection h
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Aya
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, poetry
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J. Alfred
Dec 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I think that most of the anthologies in which I've seen HD have been fixated on her relation to the broader twentieth century story in her "imagiste" role, and have thus included such things as "Pear Tree" and "Oread," neither of which are anywhere close to her best work.
Reading her Collected Poems, having not had much prior acquaintance, was a 600-odd page pleasant surprise for me. If you can imagine someone who focuses on the 'thingness' of the world like Robinson Jeffers but without the melo
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Janet
Sep 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
I had only recognized H.D. vaguely as a member of the Pound circle, until I'd heard a vintage recording of her reading one of her poems--about Helen and Achilles meeting in the afterlife-- on a Caedman tape with five other women poets. Had to RUN out and buy this. Beautiful, amazing poems mostly couched in the mythology of the Greeks--echoes in Anne Carson, who I also love, but these are short lined and precise, both fragile and passionate.
Rachel
Sep 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Sea Garden = <3. Just read "The God" series to write a paper. She might be a genius. Will work my way through Trilogy another time.
Alejandro Teruel
Feb 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poesía, usb
Louis L. Martz meticulously put together this exhaustive collection of H. D.s published and unpublished poetry written between 1912 and 1944, along with a very interesting and rewarding 27 page introduction. The first part of the book consists of published books of verse in chronological order; the second part of the book consists of her unpublished poetry and of the poetry she published in magazines but never collected in book form, in chronological order, as far as Martz could reconstruct such ...more
Brook
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Just three of my favorites from the uncollected and unpublished section of this book:


P338
The Gift

Ardent
yet chill and formal,
how I ache
to tempt a chisel
as a sculptor, take
this one,
replacing this and this and this
for some defect
of point, of blade, of hilt;

in answer to my thwarted fingers, make
as from the clear edge of some glacier-drift,
a slim amphora,
a most gracious vase;

instead of ranging
from your shoulders’ straight
clear line, uninterrupted stretch
of snow, with light
of some dawn-cloud on it,
I’d
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Paloma Etienne
Nov 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literatura-lgtb
I will never forget Sea Garden, it freed me. After reading H.D. love feels like an emptied word. Once you read about sea violets and sea roses and sea gardens you realise that what you believed about love was too artificial. You really crave the thought after that that maybe flowers are just better, better than love, than the word love. Maybe it's all about flowers and sea gardens. H.D. has broken down my defences and I feel my imagery has been ambushed by the lack of hers in my own mind. It wou ...more
Antonio Delgado
Sep 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
H.D. is one of the best Modernist writers. Unfortunately her work is not known as well as other writers, maybe because she is a poet who explores the world weakness and fragility of patriarchy. Her approach to the classics emphasizes female characters, which expose the patriarchal-made-word-world that still lingers until these days. Passing from her brief imagist poems through "A Dead Priestess Speaks," a series of strong poems in the same category of her well known Trilogy, the reader cannot he ...more
Diana
Feb 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
H. D. is my poetic inspiration - she is an amazing poet. A Modernist, a feminist, and a brave, audacious writer in the face of her many critics. I love reading and re-reading her poetry: aggressive, fierce, visceral, but so lyrical, evocative, and full of passion. I can't get enough of her poetry. Combined with Adrienne Rich's Of Woman Born and Luce Irigaray's analysis of the Mother-Daughter relationship in the Demeter-Persephone myth, Doolittle's poetry inspires and encourages my own work-in-pr ...more
Sarah
Jul 03, 2010 rated it really liked it
Worth the read, filled with names and stories from Greek and Roman history and mythology. It is helpful if these mean something to you, but even if they do not, the language used in the poems is beautiful and creates a full world.
James Debruicker
Dec 05, 2010 rated it really liked it
I confess, I read this going "ok, yeah, yeah, nature is pretty, I get it. Get to the part where you write about the shitty relationships you have and how much D.H. Lawrence sucks." The woo-woo nature pretty poems are well done, but the shitty relationship poems are holyshit good.
Greg Converse
Aug 14, 2011 rated it liked it
If you can write exclusively in Ancient Greek imagery and be considered Modern, you have something there.
Aran
Feb 27, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
O HD,

the dust rises
with the arid wind

your pages
the white messengers

of Athenian plays.
If I come back to you
will you wait?
Mikaela Renz-Whitmore
Feb 12, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Eurydice is my favorite!
Michael Treiman
Jan 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I liked these originally due to their mythical themes and descriptions of nature... Now I see the sexual dimension and they all read like pornos.
Tim
Dec 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
My favorite poet!
Becky
Jun 29, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own, poetry
I fell in love with some of H.D.'s poetry in a course I took on Literature By and About Women. She uses a lot of mythological characters and stories. My favorite thus far is "Oread."
Elizabeth
Still reading and thinking here. Strong images. The more I read about her, the more interesting it gets.
Margaret
Jun 25, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: poetry
my favorite poet...
Domhnall
Feb 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: poetry
The poems from Sea Garden were accessible enough, but quite soon, in the selection from The God, my smart-phone was commissioned to check the Greek references. Euridyce in particular is only intelligible if the relevant myth is familiar, but once explained the poem stands out as clever and touching. By the time I reached Translations, in addition to searching out internet resources, I had excavated an elderly copy of the Oxford Book of Greek Verse in Translation (only recently it nearly left hom ...more
Ann Bogle
Jul 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Favorite poet.
Aelia
Feb 21, 2009 rated it it was ok
Shelves: poetry
I like her, as a person, as a woman.. because of her life.. and some poems. but still as a poetress she is not the ONE I would LOOOVE AND aDMIREEE....
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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 ...more
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“Could beauty be caught and hurt
they had done her to death with their sneers
in ages and ages past,
could beauty be sacrificed
for a thrust of a sword,
for a piece of thin money
tossed up to fall half alloy—
then beauty were dead
long, long before we saw her face.”
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“Helen

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.”
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