Trilogy: The Walls Do Not Fall, Tribute to the Angels, the Flowering of the Rod

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The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone.

As civilian war poetry (written under the shattering impact of World War II). Trilogy'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, ...

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Overview

The classic Trilogy by H.D. (Hilda Doolittle, 1886-1961), including a large section of referential notes for readers and students, compiled by Professor Aliki Barnstone.

As civilian war poetry (written under the shattering impact of World War II). Trilogy'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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213998
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 206
  • Sales rank: 598,485
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet 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.

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Table of Contents

Introduction
The Walls Do Not Fall 1
Tribute to the Angels 61
The Flowering of the Rod 111
Readers' Notes 173
A Note on H.D.'s Life 202
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  • Posted January 11, 2012

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    Beautiful book by a poet everyone should know.

    H.D.'s Trilogy is a series of three long poems, The Walls Do Not Fall, Tribute to the Angels, and The Flowering of the Rod. Every page is filled with H.D.'s unforgettable imagery, bringing her unique perspective to the events of World War 2 and its aftermath. The most beautifully stunning war poetry you will ever find.

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