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The author of the book: H.D.
ISBN: 1419146408
ISBN 13: 9781419146404
Language: English
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Edition: Kessinger Publishing
Date of issue: June 1st 2004

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The poems of Sea Garden, H.D.'s first collection of poetry, were written during the First World War, and is thoroughly infused with the influence of Imagism (the movement H.D. founded with Ezra Pound and Richard Aldington). The characteristics of Imagism can be found in an essay written by Ezra Pound, in which the poet clarified the group's position...
1. Direct treatment of the "thing", whether subjective or objective.
2. To use absolutely no word that does not contribute to the presentation.
3. As regarding rhythm: to compose in sequence of the musical phrase, not in sequence of the metronome.

Whether subjective or objective, the "things" treated by H.D., her imagery, often favored the beautiful or scenic (albeit not written in the same "flowery language" of H.D.'s predecessors, however many flowers appear in her work). The poet and critic Harold Monro called H.D.'s early work "pretty poetry" (which he intended as a derogatory statement). And while it is true that many of H.D.'s poems can be called "pretty" (such as "Evening") she simultaneously rallies against what is "pretty" and calls for a new definition, a new standard of beauty (in "Sheltered Garden")...
The light passes
from ridge to ridge,
from flower to flower -
the hepaticas, wide-spread
under the light
grow faint -
the petals reach inward,
the blue tips bend
toward the bluer heart
and the flowers are lost.
- Evening

For this beauty,
beauty without strength,
chokes out life.
I want wind to break,
scatter these pink-stalks,
snap off their spiced heads,
fling them about the dead leaves -
spread the paths with twigs,
limbs broken off,
trail great pine branches,
hurled from some far wood
right across the melon-patch,
break pear and quince -
leave half-trees, torn, twisted
but showing the fight was valiant.

O blot out this garden
to forget, to find a new beauty
in some terrible
wind-tortured place.
- Sheltered Garden

Otherwise, H.D. makes statement pertaining to her world or the natural world, statements that encapsulate her conditions, her observations...
You stand rigid and mighty -
granite and the ore in rocks;
a great band clasps your forehead
and its heavy twists of gold.

You are white - a limb of cypress
bent under a weight of snow.

You are splendid,
your arms are fire;
you have entered the hill-straits -
a sea treads upon the hill slopes.
- The Contest, II

Perhaps that other life
is contrast always to this.
I reason:
I have lived as they
in their inmost rites -
they endure the tense nerves
through the moment of ritual.
I endure from moment the moment -
days pass all alike,
tortured, intense.
- The Gift

H.D. creates rhythm ("of the musical phrase") in many ways, the most prominent of which is the poet's use of repetition (as in "The Helmsman", "Huntress", "Garden, I" "The Cliff Temple, III", and "Sea Gods, III")...
We forgot - we worshipped,
we parted green from green,
we sought further thickets,
we dipped our ankles
through leaf-mould and earth,
and wood and wood-bank enchanted us -

and the feel of the clefts in the bark,
and the slope between tree and tree -
and a slender path strung field to field
and wood to wood
and hill to hill
and forest after it.
- The Helmsman

Can you come,
can you come,
can you follow the hound trail,
can you trample the hot froth?
- Huntress

If I could break you
I could break a tree.
If I could stir
I could break a tree -
I could break you.
- Garden, I

Shall I hurl myself from here,
shall I leap and be nearer you?
Shall I drop, beloved, beloved,
ankle against ankle?
- The Cliff Temple, III

For you will come,
you will come,
you will answer our taut hearts,
you will break the lie of men's thoughts,
and cherish and shelter us.
- Sea Gods, III

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Ebook Sea Garden read Online! 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 preoccupied much of her generation. A range of thematic concerns resonates through her writing: the role of the poet, the civilian representation of war, material and mythologized ancient cultures, the role of national and colonial identity, lesbian and queer sexuality, and religion and spirituality.

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