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H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)

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(H. D.) Hilda Doolittle


Hilda Doolittle (H.D., 1886-1961) was an avant-garde poet and novelist known in her own days primarily for her work in the Imagist movement. Her early poems published in Poetry were exemplars of Imagistic principles: austere in structure and diction, they blended mythology and symbolist techniques to create a verse form that was classical yet modern, spare yet complex. After her initial and intense relationship with this movement, H.D. moved away from Imagism and became interested in psychoanalysis, feminism, and other areas. Although pigeonholed as an Imagist throughout her career, she is now acknowledged as a variegated, formally innovative poet whose work has influenced Allen Ginsburg, Robert Duncan, and Susan Howe.