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10. Rhythms
in Poetry

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H.D. (Hilda Doolittle) - Selected Archive Items

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[7105] New York Times Paris Bureau Collection, London Has Its Biggest Raid of the War (1941),
courtesy of the National Archives and Records Administration.
Photograph of a London building destroyed by bombs. London experienced heavy fire bombing during World War II.

[7599] Euphronios, Calyx-Krater (c. 515 B.C.E.),
courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art, purchase, bequest of Joseph H. Durkee, gift of Darius Ogden Mills and gift of C. Ruxton Love, by exchange, 1972 (1972.11.10). Photograph ©1999 The Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Greek bowl for mixing wine and water. Greek and Roman myths were central to the poetry of H.D., T. S. Eliot, and Robinson Jeffers.

[7981] Ando Hiroshige, Inada/Buri/Warasa & Fugu (1832),
courtesy of the print collection of Connecticut College, New London.
Woodcut of local fish by the Japanese painter and printmaker Ando Hiroshige. Imagist poets like H.D. and Pound were attracted to the minimalist characteristics of such art.

[8005] Anonymous, Hilda Doolittle, Bust Portrait, Facing Right (1960),
courtesy of the Library of Congress [LC-USZ62- 122118].
H.D. was one of the founders of imagism, a school of poetry inspired in part by the minimalism of Oriental art, particularly the haiku form.

[9141] William B. Yeats, Leda and the Swan (1924),
courtesy of Wikipedia www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leda_and_the_Swan.
Yeats's "Leda and the Swan" describes the rape of Leda, mother of Helen of Troy, by the Greek god Zeus, who came to her in the form of a swan. H.D. also treats this subject in "Leda."

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