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Selected Poems

Hilda (H.D.) Doolittle

Edited by Louis Martz

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Imprint: Carcanet Poetry
Publisher: Carcanet Press
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  • HD (Hilda Doolittle) is now acknowledged as a major Modernist, of the company of Eliot and Pound, Joyce and Lawrence. Selected Poems celebrates her achievement, starting with the Imagist period, including the 'lost' poems of the 1930s in which she discovered her mature voice, the prophetic Trilogy poems of the war years, and concluding with extracts from the late, visionary Helen in Egypt and Hermetic Definition, her most distinctive writing. Like Yeats, she did not go stale but grew old with changing words, new passions and renewing wisdom. In the end she focuses on ecstasy, rebirth and the re-formation of the divided self.

    In his introduction Louis L. Martz of Yale University, who edited HD's Collected Poems 1912-1944, suggests that she could not be appreciated or properly heard until 'the essential struggle' of recent years, the feminist enterprise, had changed our way of reading poetry. The struggle in HD's poetry prefigures these vital changes.

    Carcanet publish HD's Trilogy, Tribute to Freud and Hermetic Definition.
    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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