H. D.

Instrumental in the avant-garde Imagist movement of the early 20th century, H. D. (born Hilda Doolittle) combined her interest in Greek mythology and classicism with speech-like rhythms and simplicity in her poetry. She was also a memoirist and novelist.

Photo: Hilda Doolittle, 1960, Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division, Digital ID: cph 3c22118

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Born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, H. D. moved to London in 1911 and soon became associated with Imagist poets Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington. Her poetry, while never ceasing to be experimental, always incorporated culturally and socially relevant topics, especially related to the two world wars. Her perspective as a woman (and one with radical views on gender and sexuality) added to the depth and gravity of her verses, and her poetry was very popular and influential throughout her lifetime.

–Christie Finn

Related Information

Books

H. D. : Collected Poems 1912-1944

By H. D.

Songs

Sheet Music

I Will Breathe a Mountain

Composer(s): William Bolcom

Song(s): 1. Pity Me Not Because the Light of Day
2. How To Swing Those Obbligatos Around
3. The Crazy Woman
4. Just Once Text: Anne Sexton
5. Never More Will The Wind
6. The Sage Text: Denise Levertov
7. O To Be a Dragon
8. The Bustle in a House
9. I Saw Eternity
10. Night Practice
11. The Fish

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