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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) - Author Questions

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  1. Comprehension: In "At Baia," what is the relationship between the title and the subject matter? Why does H.D. locate this poem in an ancient Roman town? Why does the author use parentheses? What is the significance of the flower imagery?

  2. Comprehension: In "Helen," how is Greece portrayed? How does this poem about Helen, whose face is said to have launched a thousand ships and begun the Trojan War, differ from other works about her? What is the tone of the poem? What is significant about the end?

  3. Context: Pound was one of H.D.'s mentors and an influential friend throughout her career. How do H.D.'s early poems, particularly "Mid-day" and "Oread," follow the rules of imagism or vorticism as espoused by Pound?

  4. Exploration: Compare H.D.'s "Leda" to Yeats's earlier poem, "Leda and the Swan." How do the poems differ? What is the tone of each? Does the reader sympathize with Leda? How does the diction differ?

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