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  • Series: H.D. (Book 611)
  • Paperback: 672 pages
  • Publisher: New Directions; New edition edition (February 17, 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0811209717
  • ISBN-13: 978-0811209717
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #557,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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H.D. (1886-1961) (the pen name of Hilda Doolittle) was born in the Moravian community of Bethlehem, PA in 1886. A major twentieth century poet with “an ear more subtle than Pound’s, Moore’s, or Yeats’s” as Marie Ponsot writes, she was the author of several volumes of poetry, fiction, essays, and memoirs. She is perhaps one of the best-known and prolific women poets of the Modernist era. Bryher Ellerman was a novelist and H.D.’s wealthy companion. She financed H.D.’s therapy with Freud.

Louis L. Martz's publications included "The Paradise Within: Studies in Vaughan, Traherne, and Milton," "Poet of Exile: a Study of Milton's Poetry" and "Many Gods and Many Voices: the Role of the Prophet in English and American Modernism." He edited "H.D. (Hilda Doolittle), 1886-1961. Collected Poems, 1912-1944."

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 26, 1998
For lovers of modernist literature, this tome is a must. Including her first published book and covering the period until (and through) her astounding achievement in her war Trilogy, the Collected Poems allows a reader to fully get to know H.D. in all her many moods. Also including poetry from the period in which she was undergoing psychoanalysis with Freud, the poems give a full picture of H.D.'s talent and life. H.D. is a poet to be read with all the other, better known modernists: T.S. Eliot, D.H. Lawrence, et. al. Her beautiful work ranges from her early imagist work to her more visionary, mythic poem cycles contained in the final part of her Collected Poems, in Trilogy. Breathtaking.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 1, 2003
This book, bringing together all of H.D.'s poetry from her Imagist beginnings to her wartime "Trilogy," is a must have. For those who (like me) are novices with respect to modernist poetry, this presents a fantastic introduction. H.D.'s images have a richness and depth that I have not found elsewhere. Subject (poet as person) and object (metaphorical image) are so closely interwoven that one is instantly captivated by her presentations. This is particularly true of her use of Greek mythology - she resurrects ancient symbols in her own voice. Many of her images are simply breathtaking in their energy, depth, and beauty. This books is an essential read.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By eurydike on December 9, 2007
The only way to improve upon this volume would be to include "Helen in Egypt" in the next edition. Then it would be truly complete, and truly perfect, fit to sail unto the unfix-ed Stars!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jon Corelis on November 22, 2012
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, but in an unaffected, natural modern diction. She's sometimes criticized for having a limited technical and emotional range, and for not developing much during the course of her career, but be that as it may, at her best she created poems which you can read once and remember almost verbatim for the rest of your life. Every reader of poetry should have her works. There are also several Selected Works editions available, but all I have seen are lacking some of her best and most characteristic pieces, so since this Collected Works is only a few dollars more than the Selected ones, I'd recommend just getting this one. If you don't know about H.D., use the amazon.com Search in This Book feature to look at poems like The Helmsman (p. 5), Helen (p. 154), Lais (p. 149), Holy Satyr (p. 118), or The Islands (p. 124,) (you may have to hunt around to find them -- for some reason searching on the poem name doesn't always work.) If you like those, you will certainly like the rest of her work.
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By Carolyn Gall on January 10, 2014
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