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Hilda Doolittle (September 10, 1886, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States – September 27, 1961, Zürich, Switzerland), usually known only by her initials H.D., was an American poet, novelist and memoirist.
- For one moment seek
a lesser beauty
and a lesser grace,
but you will find
no peace in the end
save in her presence.
- Be indigestible, hard, ungiving.
so that, living within,
you beget, self-out-of-self,
- The Walls Do Not Fall.
- The reason is:
rats leave the sinking ship
so the ship
and that's madness,
that's Touchstone's forest jest,
that's swan of Avon logic.
- May 1943.
- We don't have to know,
only to be:
let go the jumble of worn words,
reason and vanity.
- Star by Day.
Quotes about H.D.
- I knew all the poets-their poems-when I was quite young. (Who were your favorites?) G.P.: I loved Robinson Jeffers. I loved Auden, I loved H.D.
- 1981 interview in Conversations with Grace Paley edited by Gerhard Bach & Blaine Hall (2013)
- Chronology of H.D.'s life and publications.
- H.D. at Modern American Poetry.
- The H.D. papers with a timeline at Yale University.
- Twitchell-Waas, Jeffrey . Seaward: H.D.'s 'Helen in Egypt' as a response to Pound's Cantos in Twentieth Century Literature, Winter, 1998.
- Borderline quotes at the Internet Movie Database.
- Hilda Doolittle on IMDb.