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3. Utopian Promise   

10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) - Teaching Tips

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  • Ask your students to review Pound's three tenets of imagism: (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 the sequence of the musical phrase, not in the sequence of the metronome." Which of H.D.'s poems seem to adhere to Pound's ideas most closely?

  • The Walls Do Not Fall was written after living in London during the Blitz. Ask your students how the poem reflects the experience of war? What modernist or imagist techniques does H.D. employ? How does this longer poem compare to some of the earlier works in the unit? What strategies or ideas does she continue? What seems new?

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