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Trilogy

Hilda (H.D.) Doolittle

Edited by Norman Holmes Pearson

Trilogy
Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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Paperback (192 pages)
(Pub. Mar 1997)
9781857543162
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  • [39]

    We have had too much consecration,
    too little affirmation,

    too much: but this, this, this
    has been proved heretical,

    too little: I know, I feel,
    the meaning that words hide;

    they are anagrams, cryptograms,
    little boxes, conditioned

    to hatch butterflies...


    - from The Walls Do No Fall


    HD's war Trilogy ranks with Eliot's Four Quartets, Pound's Pisan Cantos and poems like Edith Sitwell's 'Still Falls the Rain' as civilian war poetry in a war which tore apart so many of the cities of Europe. The outer violence of the scene touches the deepest nerves, bringing together a remarkable range of human experience and response.

    The Walls Do Not Fall (1944), Tribute to the Angels (1945) and The Flowering of the Rod (1946) were first published in small editions which became collectors' items. They were brought together for the first time in 1973 and recognised as a major poem of our time in which HD decisively transcends the purism of her early styles. With deft indirection she uncovers, through modulation and subversion of a language burdened with history, the very heart of her concerns as a woman of this century carrying the songs and silences of earlier centuries in her bones.

    Carcanet publish HD's Collected Poems 1912-1944 and her Selected Poems, as well as Tribute to Freud.


    Hilda (H.D.) Doolittle
    H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) is now acknowledged as a major Modernist, of the company of Eliot and Pound, Joyce and Lawrence. She was born in Pennsylvania in 1886 and moved to London in 1911, where she was one of the earliest Imagists. Her major works include Trilogy (1944-1946) and Helen in Egypt ... read more
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