Hilda Doolittle Quotes

Shall I break your rest, devouring, eager? is love's gift best?
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Fragment Thirty-six."
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The reason is: rats leave the sinking ship but we . . . we . . . didn't leave, so the ship didn't sink, and that's madness, Lear's song that's Touchstone's forest jest, that's swan of Avon logic.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "May 1943."
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You have broken off a weighted leaf in the wind, it is hurled out, whirls up and sinks, a green stone.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Storm."
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When I am a cup lifted up, can you hear echo in a seashell?
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "When I Am a Cup."
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You did not sense the wings beyond the gate; you could not see, you could not touch and feel, actually the sea-sand and the sea-shell.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Chance Meeting."
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So my mind hesitates above the passion quivering yet to break, so my mind hesitates above my mind, listening to song's delight.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Fragment Thirty-six."
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salamanders in the flame, heraldic wings surround the name English from Englisc from Engle, Angle from the Angles who settled in Briton.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "May 1943."
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War bent and kissed the forehead, that bright brow, ignored the chin and the sweet mouth, for that and the low laugh were his, Eros ingratiate.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Telesila."
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White rose you are a stricken weary thing, shaming the spring . . .
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "White Rose."
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I'll stake all my soul on that beauty, till God shall awake again in men's hearts, who have said he is dead our King and our Lover.
Hilda Doolittle (1886-1961), U.S. poet. "Charioteer."
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