Synopses & Reviews
As civilian war poetry (written under the shattering impact of World War II). 's three long poems rank with T.S. Eliot's "Four Quartets" and Ezra Pound's "Pisan Cantos." The first book of the Trilogy, "The Walls Do Not Fall," published in the midst of the "fifty thousand incidents" of the London blitz, maintains the hope that though "we have no map; / possibly we will reach haven,/ heaven." "Tribute to Angels" describes new life springing from the ruins, and finally, in "The Flowering of the Rod"--with its epigram "...pause to give/ thanks that we rise again from death and live."--faith in love and resurrection is realized in lyric and strongly Biblical imagery.
This new edition of H.D.'s great war-time trilogy of long poems is supplemented with over 30 pages of Aliki Barnstone's informative Readers' Notes. Trilogy's three long poems -- "The Walls Do Not Fall", "Tribute to the Angels", "The Flowering of the Rod" -- rank with T.S. Eliot's Four Quartets and Ezra Pound's Pisan Cantos as among the greatest civilian poetry of war in the 20th century. About "Trilogy", Denise Levertov wrote: "H.D. spoke of essentials. It is a simplicity not of reduction but of having gone further out of the circle of known light, further toward an unknown center".
The classic by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone.
About the Author
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.Aliki Barnstone's translations have appeared in American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, Virginia Quarterly Review, and other journals. An editor and critic, she lives in Las Vegas and teaches at UNLV.
Table of Contents
The walls do not fall -- Tribute to the angels -- The flowering of the rod.