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Helen in Egypt (New Directions Paperbook) (edition 1974)

by H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)

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Title:Helen in Egypt (New Directions Paperbook)
Authors:H. D. (Hilda Doolittle)
Info:New Directions Publishing Corporation (1974), Paperback, 304 pages
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I read somewhere that one of H.D.'s purposes in writing this was to have it serve as an answer to Pound's Cantos. It doesn't really, but it is reminiscent of the Cantos in that it has a lot of exceptional beauty buried between pseudo-profundity and dross. Definitely worth reading and surely one of the major works, if only in terms of ambition, of a 20th century poet. ( )
  Michael.Xolotl | Mar 5, 2013 |
H.D. picks up on the alternate story that Helen spent the Trojan War in Egypt and took Achilles as her lover -- or did she?
The myth retold, in tercets with echoes of terza rima, is a feminist dialectic examining the conflict of patriarchal, militant Command and mystical, hieratic eroticism. It is H.D.'s response to the horrors of WWI and WWII.

Is there another stronger than Love’s mother?
is there one other, Discordia, Strife?
Eris is sister of Ares,

His unconquerable child is Eros;
did Ares bequeath his arrows
alike to Eros, to Eris?

O flame-tipped, O searing, O tearing
burning, destructible fury
of the challenge to the fairest;

O flame-tipped, O searing,
destroying arrow of Eros;
O bliss of the end,

Lethe, Death and forgetfulness,
O bliss of the final
unquestioned nuptial kiss. ( )
  janeajones | May 28, 2007 |
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