3. H.D., "Sea Rose"

Hilda Doolittle, or "H.D.," was an imagist, just as Williams was when he wrote "Between Walls." Perhaps you can say that H.D. was a purer and more assiduous imagist than Williams. Poems such as "Sea Rose" sought to make language over from scratch, to find new sharp words to represent common things. No cliches! No tired old sentimental roses of love. Here we have a different rose altogether. So what is the poem saying about the rose? What is the poem saying about the tradition of poems about roses that were meant to be about love?

1. read the poem: link to text
2. watch a 21-minute discussion of the poem: link to video

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